Third US trial finds Spaniard guilty of murdering three

A US jury on Saturday unanimously found a Spaniard guilty of murdering a nightclub owner and two dancers after the accused's third trial in 21 years.

Third US trial finds Spaniard guilty of murdering three
Pablo Ibar(L) and defense lawyer Fred Haddad in a 2016 file photo. Photo: AFP

Pablo Ibar, 46, has already spent years on death row.

One of his lawyers, Benjamin Waxman, confirmed the latest conviction in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and told AFP he would appeal.

“We're very disappointed with the verdict,” Waxman said.

The trial began in October.

Ibar was charged for the 1994 murders of the club manager and two female dancers during a robbery at the manager's home in Miramar, Florida.

Ibar and another man were both charged that year but the co-accused, after an initial conviction, was ultimately acquitted and freed at a retrial.

Ibar first went on trial in 1997 but the jury could not agree on a verdict.

At a second trial in 2000 he was convicted and sentenced to death.

But in 2016, Florida's Supreme Court overturned the conviction and ordered a retrial, stating “numerous deficiencies and failures” of Ibar's defense lawyer.

The case has been closely followed in Spain, where it was taken up as a cause by anti-death penalty activists.

Ibar will be sentenced by the jury on February 25th. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

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