State Attorney Aramis Ayala’s Office Recommends The Death Penalty For Jimmy Merritt


The Death Penalty Review Panel considered and unanimously recommended death on the case of State v. Jimmy Gary Merritt (2017-CF-013832), Merritt is accused of two different murders. 

News 13 Reports 

“Jimmy Gary Merritt is being held without bond and is charged with first degree murder with a firearm in the death of Benny Clyde Hallmark, 64.

According to Orlando Police detectives, firefighters found Hallmark’s body on the morning of Friday, Oct. 20, lying in a reclining chair in a home on the 3100 block of Lauressa Lane. A medical examiner ruled Hallmark’s death a homicide.

On Tuesday, detectives learned that Merritt admitted to someone that he’d killed another person, they said. According to the witness, Merritt said he buried that person in the backyard of a home.”


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