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.
“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.”