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Ex-youth pastor sentenced to death

7:14 AM, Oct 21, 2011   |    comments
(Cobb County Sheriff's Office)
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MARIETTA, Ga. -- A Cobb County jury has sentenced a former youth pastor to death.

Earlier this month, a jury found 33-year-old Joshua Drucker guilty of murder in the 2004 deaths of Andrew Robertson and Lora Nikolova.

The death sentence was issued Thursday.

Lawyers for both sides did not dispute that Drucker pulled the trigger, but prosecutors painted the ex-pastor as a cold-blooded, drug-addicted killer, while the defense team told jurors the killings were an accident and possibly a crime of passion.

Drucker told police he killed Robertson because he had long harbored a grudge against him for giving drugs to Drucker's sister.

Nikolova's parents traveled from her native Bulgaria to attend the trial.

(Associated Press)

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