A jury today recommended death in Florida's electric chair for Theodore Robert Bundy, convicted last week of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Lisa Levy, 20, and Margaret Bowman, 21, both of St Petersburg.
The jury verdict is advisory, under Florida law. It is not binding on Judge Edward Cowart, who announced he will impose sentence on Tuesday afternoon.
Cowart has previously sentenced three men to death -- one over a jury's recommendation of mercy.
Bundy's face was grave but almost impassive as the clerk intoned the verdict. He left the courtroom with a wave and a smile. Among the spectators was his mother, Louise Bundy of Tacoma, Wash., who had begged the jurors to spare the life of her "pride and joy."
Levy and Bowman were asleep in their beds in the Chi Omega sororoity house at Florida State University in Tallahassee when an intruder entered the house and beat them and two other senseless with a club. The two women died of strangulation.
Bundy face a first-degree murder trial in Lake City, Fla., in September in the slaying of Kimerly Diane Leach in February 1978, three weeks after the Chi Omega killings.
Bundy was awaiting trial for first-degree murder in Colorado when he escaped from jail on New Year's Eve 1977 and came to Florida. The Chi Omega murders occurred Jan. 15, 1978. CAPTION: Pictures 1 and 2, Hands peaked as in prayer, Theodore Bundy and his mother hear Miami jury call for death penalty, AP