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Sentencing Phase Starts in Lee County Murder Trial

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SANFORD — A Spring Lake man has been found guilty offirst-degree murder in the Novembr 1995 murder of a couple whosebodies were never found.

Donald Lewis Abercrombie, 33, was convicted of first-degreemurder in the deaths of 79-year-old Hoyle Smith and 66-year-oldMargie Shaw Boone.

A Lee County jury returned the verdict on Tuesday and must nowdecide whether Abercrombie is sentenced to death or life in prisonwithout parole. The jury will begin deliberations after lawyersmake closing arguments Thursday morning.