Footage from ABC 10 showed Peter Avsenew flip his murder victims’ families off as he was led out of the courtroom.

Peter Avsenew, who shot and killed a gay couple at their home in 2010, has shown just how disgraceful he is, after he flipped off their families as he was led out of the courtroom, after being sentenced to death.

The gesture was seen by the families. One of the victims’ sisters, Marci Craig said: “In my heart of hearts, I knew that he was making that gesture to us, and then he admitted that he made the gesture to our family.”

Avsenew shot Steven Adams and Kevin Powell at their Wilton Manors home, before proceeding to steal their money, belongings and car.

During the hearing, the defence argued that he had found the couple already dead, and did not call 911 as he was an escort working for them. The state argued that there was no evidence backing up the defence’s claim.

Avsenew was originally arrested for the crime in December 2010, after he tried getting his mother to dump the victim’s car, but he wasn’t prosecuted until last November. The new hearing was to decide whether he should be sentenced to death for the crime.

He will be the first person sentenced to death by recommendation from the jury in his County since Florida revised their death penalty law last year.

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Speaking at the hearing, Avsenew said: “My job here is simple. I don’t have to prove anything to you as clearly the state’s proven. All I have to do is be here and behave.

“It’s up to you to decide life or death based on the information provided to you throughout this entire trial.

“I have no regrets in my life and I am proud of the decisions I’ve made. No one really knows what happened that day. You would need a Ouija board for that.

“Everyone can speculate what ifs and maybes until they’re blue in the face, which they’ll never really know,” he finished.