Judge imposes death sentence for Kristofer Garrett

Hide caption A Franklin County jury has recommended a death sentence be imposed against Kristofer Garrett, 26, who killed his 4-year-old daughter and the girl’s mother, his ex-girlfriend. Garrett sits in the courtroom last month as the judge polls the jurors to ensure they had voted for the death penalty. [Fred Squillante/Dispatch]

A man convicted of fatally stabbing his 4-year-old daughter and her mother behind a Far East Side house was sentenced to death Wednesday by a Franklin County judge.

A jury recommended the death penalty in August for Kristofer Garrett, 26, but the final decision rested with Common Pleas Judge Chris Brown, who had the option of imposing a life sentence.

Garrett was convicting of aggravated murder charges in the Jan. 5, 2018, deaths of his daughter, Kristina Duckson, and her mother, his ex-girlfriend Nicole Duckson, outside their Fleet Road house.

During a sentencing phase that followed that verdict, the jurors agreed that the aggravating circumstances of Kristina’s murder — that she was under the age of 13 and that Garrett killed her to cover up Nicole’s murder — were so brutal that death was an appropriate sentence.

It was the first time that a Franklin County jury had recommended a death sentence since 2003.

*story by The Columbus Dispatch