Jury recommends life in prison for Marion County quadruple-murderer

By Sarah Panko, Reporter
Last Updated: Friday, November 17, 2017, 5:41 PM EST

A Marion County jury has recommended life in prison for convicted killer James Bannister.


The jury had two options: life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty. After deliberating for two days, the jury recommended a life sentence for Bannister. β€‹

Bannister was convicted last week of killing his girlfriend, her mother and her mother's boyfriend's two children in 2011.

Investigators said Jocalyn Gray; her mother, Bridget; and two children who were living with Bridget β€” Cor-Darrian and Cor-Derica Hill β€” were shot and their bodies were found in Bridget's burning home.

The jury voted eight for death and four for life in prison on all four first-degree murder counts. The jury had to be unanimous β€‹for a death sentence. 

The defense has 30 days to appeal the sentence.