Jury Delivers Death Sentence to Markas Fishburne for Gruesome First-Degree Murder and Kidnapping

Jacksonville, Florida – Markas Fishburne has been sentenced to death by a 10-2 jury decision for the First-Degree Murder and Kidnapping of Aisha Levy, a 25-year-old woman. The case unfolded on December 20 when Levy’s boyfriend returned home to find blood throughout their apartment on Princeton Square Boulevard. The discovery was accompanied by a note indicating that Levy and Fishburne were dead, and the boyfriend feared for his own life. The apartment also reeked of bleach, and a missing firearm raised further concerns.

After obtaining a search warrant, detectives made a horrifying discovery. Levy’s body was found wrapped in plastic and concealed inside a storage bin in a closet. Fishburne, who had been temporarily staying at the couple’s apartment, was swiftly apprehended at a bus station just as he was about to board a Greyhound bus to Indiana.

Post-Miranda, Fishburne confessed to stabbing, strangling, and hitting Levy on the head with a hammer while she was getting out of the shower. A forensic examination of Fishburne’s phone uncovered a video of Levy with her hands bound before her murder. After killing Levy, Fishburne hid her body in the closet and stole the missing firearm.

Fishburne’s violence extended beyond this horrific crime. While incarcerated and awaiting trial in June 2022, he got into a violent altercation with another inmate, stabbing him using a makeshift tool with a razorblade. As a result, Fishburne was arrested and convicted for Aggravated Battery in a Detention Facility.

The penalty phase of Fishburne’s trial commenced on February 9, following his guilty plea to all charges. The jury’s decision to sentence him to death reflects the severity of his crimes and the impact they have had on the victim’s loved ones. This case serves as a reminder of the devastating consequences of violent acts and the ongoing efforts to address such crimes.