Man gets death sentence for double murder

May 28, 2009 4:40:25 AM PDT
An eastern Pennsylvania man has received the death penalty for the January 2007 slayings of his ex-girlfriend and her 5-year-old daughter.

A Berks County jury deliberated for two hours before sentencing 28-year-old Albert Perez to death on Wednesday for killing 22-year-old Duceliz Diaz-Santiago and her daughter Kayla on Jan. 15, 2007.

Perez was convicted of two counts of first-degree murder on May 19. Prosecutors say he hanged Diaz-Santiago and her daughter in an apartment in Bernville, about 60 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

Investigators say Perez tried to cover up the killings by making the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide. Prosecutors say he fabricated a suicide note to try to pin the deaths on Duceliz Diaz-Santiago.