COVINGTON --A Newton County jury handed down the death penalty Thursday for a Covington man found guilty last week in the 2009 murder of a Conyers landscaper.
This week, witnesses testified for and against Pablo Fernando Maldonado, 25, of 1738-B Kirkland Road, Covington, during the sentencing phase of the trial. Thursday afternoon, the jury returned with a verdict, sentencing him to death.
Last week, the jury found him guilty on all charges: malice murder, two counts of felony murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, false imprisonment, concealing the death of another and forgery in the second degree.
Maldonado was charged with the murder of 55-year-old Timothy Clements, a Conyers landscaper who prosecutors say was beaten with a metal baseball bat and hammer, tied up with a telephone cord and a grocery bag placed over his head. His body was thrown into Snapping Shoals Creek near Ga. Highways 212 and 81 in June 2009 during a robbery.
Clements left behind a wife, Barbara, and two children.
The trial began Aug. 22 in Newton County Superior Court in the courtroom of Judge Horace Johnson.
Maldonado was immediately transported to the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison at Jackson.