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Man faces death penalty for shooting family members

BROOKSVILLE, Florida. – A Florida man faces the death penalty for the fatal shootings of three members of the family and injuring another.

The Tampa Bay Times reports that a Hernando County jury on Wednesday a 46-year-old George Mason III guilty of three counts of first-degree murder and one of attempted first-degree murder. The panel will Monday meet again to decide whether or not Mason should receive life in prison or execution.

Authorities say that Mason went to a Brooksville home in August 2014 and killed his girlfriend, a 37-year-old Tarasha Yata Townsend, his grandmother, 81-year-old Jannie Taylor, and his half-brother, Ralph Peyton.

Researchers say that Mason chased his 33-year-old half-brother, Gabriel Taylor, and shot him multiple times. A passing truck then hit Mason, who was admitted to the hospital with broken bones before he was charged.

Investigators never determined a motive for the shooting.

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Information: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.

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