An execution has been ordered for Peter Avsenew, who was convicted last fall of killing a Florida gay couple, the Sun-Sentinel reports.
Avsenew, 33, murdered Kevin Powell, 47, and Stephen Adams, 52, a few days before Christmas 2010. He then stole their car, cash, and credit cards.
Powell and Adams, who were together 30 years, had invited Avsenew into their Wilton Manors home after responding to a sexual classified ad he posted on Craigslist.
In January, after a jury unanimously voted for the death penalty, Avsenew showed his lack of remorse by flipping the victims' grieving families the middle finger in open court.
Avsenew told the jury, “I have no regrets in my life and I am proud of the decisions I’ve made.” He later told a judge he had killed before and would kill again.
Avsenew's court-appointed attorney argued that the defendant had suffered childhood trauma, including his sister's murder and alleged sexual abuse by his stepfather.
“It is my duty as a white man to cull the weak and timid from existence,” Avsenew wrote in a letter to Broward Circuit Judge Ilona Holmes. “Homosexuals are a disease to mankind and must be put down.”
Although Holmes had the power to override the jury's death penalty recommendation, she ultimately ruled that Avsenew be punished by execution.