SENTENCE OF DEATH RECOMMENDED BY JURY FOR KRISTOFER GARRETT IN THE BRUTAL MURDER OF HIS FOUR YEAR OLD DAUGHTER
Posted on 8/14/2019
Defendant: Kristofer Deshan Garrett
Prosecutor Ron O’Brien announced that a Franklin County jury has recommended a death sentence for Kristofer Deshan Garrett, age 26 for the January 5th, 2018 murder of his four year old daughter and recommended a sentence of life without the possibility of parole for the death of his ex-girlfriend Nicole Antionette Duckson, age 34, both of which occurred at a home located in the two thousand block of Fleet Road on the southeast side of Columbus. Although the jury has made their recommendation, the final sentencing will be delivered by Judge Chris Brown at a later date after a thorough review of all the facts. “Garrett is subject to the death penalty because he purposely killed two people, including a victim under the age of 13, and he killed the child to escape detection,” O’Brien stated. A jury can only recommend a death sentence if they unanimously believe the aggravating circumstances of this crime outweigh any mitigating factors presented, which they recommended for counts two and three in Garrett’s indictment. A death sentence was last imposed in Franklin County in May of 2012 when Caron E. Montgomery was sentenced to death for the stabbing deaths of his former girlfriend Tia Hendricks, their 2 year old son, and her 10 year old daughter.