Published: Feb 17, 2011 6:11 PM EST
Updated: Feb 17, 2011 3:13 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE - Jurors who convicted a drifter of a second decapitation murder will now decide whether to recommend a death sentence sought by the state or life in prison.

They heard Gary Michael Hilton talk about killing and beheading a woman in northern Georgia in a videotaped interview as the penalty phase of his trial began Thursday in Tallahassee.

Circuit Judge James Hankinson is not bound by the jury's recommendation but must give it great weight.

Jurors on Tuesday convicted the 64-year-old Hilton of murdering 46-year-old nurse Cheryl Dunlap of nearby Crawfordville.

He's already serving a life sentence after pleading guilty to murdering 24-year-old hiker Meredith Emerson in Georgia.

The bodies of both victims were found in forests, where Hilton camped.

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