Prosecutors will seek death against Jean Macean
The state’s attorney’s office will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a Daytona Beach couple as they rode home after a night of Bike Week festivities, according to a news release. .
Jean R. Macean, 32, of Orlando, was indicted March 29 by a grand jury on two counts of first-degree murder with a weapon while acting premeditated in the murders of Terry Aultman, 48, and Brenda Aultman, 55, according to the indictment.
The Aultmans were stabbed multiple times while cycling home in the early morning of March 6 after attending Bike Week festivities on Main Street, police said.
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State’s Attorney RJ Larizza’s office listed three aggravating circumstances it believes can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in the case:
- The murders were “particularly heinous, atrocious or cruel”.
- The murders were committed “in a cold, calculated and premeditated manner without any pretense of moral or legal justification”.
- The defendant “has already been convicted of another capital crime involving the use or threat of violence by a person”.
Prosecutors generally look for this third aggravating factor of a prior capital crime when a person is tried for more than one murder.
Prior to the murders, Macean had a minimal record involving only a few drug-related arrests.
If Macean is found guilty of first-degree murder, all 12 jurors must unanimously agree to recommend death for a judge to have that option. If the 12 jurors do not recommend death, the judge must sentence the defendant to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Brenda Aultman’s daughter, Sara Turner, said in a phone interview Monday that she spoke with the state’s attorney’s office before the ruling was announced.
“I think it’s warranted,” Turner said. “But I think it will be a long and difficult process for me and my family, whatever they are looking for. I think it will impact us for the rest of our lives.