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Jury recommends death for two-state shooter

A jury in Georgetown, Del., yesterday unanimously recommended the death penalty for a man convicted in a two-state shooting rampage that left two persons dead and four wounded.

Allison Lamont Norman, 25, of Seaford, Del., will be sentenced Sept. 28 by Judge T. Henley Graves, who, under Delaware law, must give the jury’s recommendation “great weight.”

The jury convicted Norman last week on 10 counts, including first-degree murder in the death of Jamell Weston, 24, of Laurel, Del., in the April 2005 rampage that stretched from Laurel to Salisbury, Md.

Jurors rejected defense arguments that Norman was mentally ill and thought he was protecting children from aliens from outer space when he donned a bulletproof vest, armed himself with a 9mm handgun and started shooting.

The night before the shootings, Norman saw an episode of the “X-Files” and became convinced aliens were after children, according to trial testimony.

Friends also testified that after Norman was shot outside a convenience store in October 2004, he became extremely paranoid, carried a gun, regularly wore a bulletproof vest and abused drugs.

Prosecutors attributed Norman’s bizarre behavior to chronic drug use, not mental illness.

From wire dispatches and staff reports