Judge Approves Death Sentence in Panama City Beach Police Killing

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - A judge issued a death sentence Wednesday for a Wisconsin man convicted of killing a Panama City Beach police officer during a traffic stop.

Robert Bailey was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of Sergeant Kevin Kight.

Bailey is accused of shooting Kight in March 2005 on Panama City Beach.

Authorities said Bailey, who was on parole out of Wisconsin for an armed burglary, shot Kight because he believed the officer was preparing to arrest him and return him to prison.

A jury recommended a death sentence in February.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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