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STUART — It could run into the holidays before a grand jury is seated to determine whether to indict a handyman accused of killing a Port Salerno couple inside their home.

Johnny Joseph Manord, 55, of the 5400 block of Southeast Jack Avenue, was arrested on two counts of first-degree murder and one charge of aggravated burglary Sept. 9 regarding the Aug. 26 slayings of Donald Smith, 81, and his wife Lorraine, 80. He is in the Martin County Jail.

Manord accepted a plea deal, taking the death penalty off the table, and has agreed to serve three consecutive life sentences, said Tom Bakkedahl, chief assistant state attorney for the 19th Judicial Circuit that includes the Treasure Coast and Okeechobee County.

The next step in the legal process requires prosecutors to seek a capital murder indictment from a Martin County grand