Florida man who dropped daughter off bridge found guilty of murder
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A Florida man who dropped his five-year-old daughter off a bridge has been found guilty of first-degree murder, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

A jury delivered the verdict Tuesday saying that the man, John Jonchuck, should spend the remainder of his life in prison. Jonchuck was accused of dropping his daughter, Phoebe, from the Dick Misener Bridge in Tampa Bay in 2015.


According to the Times, Jonchuck's public defenders argued that Jonchuck was insane at the time of the incident, having experienced delusions and heard imagined voices. Prosecutors said he killed Phoebe out of vengeance because he didn't want her mother to get custody, according to the newspaper.

The jury determined that Jonchuck knew it was wrong to kill his daughter and planned to do so. Tuesday's verdict came during the 21st day of the trial.

Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney Bernie McCabe told the Times he was "satisfied that justice was done."

“I think both sides worked very hard to present their positions. And I am satisfied that justice was done,” he said. “My immediate reaction is killing children doesn’t make one a very sympathetic character.”

The St. Petersburg police officer who witnessed the killing, William Vickers, told the newspaper in a statement that he is "pleased with the verdict."

“I am pleased with the verdict and am glad to have some closure for Phoebe and her family after four long years," Vickers said.