Jury says death for murder suspect

Published: Feb. 23, 2009 at 9:26 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 28, 2009 at 9:24 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV)- A Mecklenburg County jury has handed down its first death sentence in eight years.

Michael Wayne Sherrill will be put to death for the 1984 death of Cynthia Dotson.

Sherrill was convicted of raping and then stabbedthe 23-year-old waitress 13 times before setting her home on fire.

The conviction happened last week.

Sherrill is also charged with the triple murder of a man, his fiance and the man's 14-year-old daughter.