Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Should he stay or should he go?

Is his past behavior going to sway the jurors to give him the death penalty?

I'm thinking perhaps not. Don't get me wrong, he's no choir boy but with juries now able to assess life without the possibility of parole I think they may take it.

Prosecutors: Execution candidate had violent history
By Craig Kapitan - Express-News

Convicted killer John Fennell was no stranger to incarceration before his arrest for capital murder three years ago, and his behavior behind bars was less than stellar, prosecutors said Tuesday as the punishment phase of his trial began.

Fennell, 33, was found guilty Monday of capital murder in the attempted robbery and slaying of carpenter Juan Saldivar, a stranger, on Aug. 29, 2007. Jurors now have only two options for his sentence: Life in prison without parole or death by lethal injection.

Prosecutors Julie Wright and Todd Winslow declined to give an opening statement Tuesday, instead beginning the hearing by documenting Fennell's prior jail time and prison terms.

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