Jason Rodriguez found guilty in 2009 downtown Orlando office shootings
ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) -
The man accused of murder and attempted murder stemming from a 2009 downtown Orlando office shooting has been found guilty.
After over three hours of deliberations, a jury found Jason Rodriguez, 44, guilty of first degree murder in the killing of Otis Beckford, 26. Rodriguez was also found guilty on all counts of attempted murder in the wounding of 5 other people in the offices of Reynolds, Smith & Hills on Nov. 6, 2009.
Rodriguez's attorneys had claimed he was insane when he committed the acts. Expert witnesses had testified for the defense that Rodriguez was a paranoid schizophrenic who thought others were conspiring to harm him. He had also claimed that he heard a voice in his head, which he named "sharptooth," and this voice controlled his actions. He had no reaction as the verdict was read.
"We are satisfied with today's verdict," said RS&H spokesperson Mike Bernos. "It helps bring closure to the entire RS&H family and particularly to the family of Otis Beckford."
Rodriguez was fired from RS&H for poor performance in 2007. The prosecution said his actions were pre-meditated and that he had a grudge against his former employer.