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Penalty Phase In Jewelry Store Robbery-Murders

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut jury is scheduled to decide whether a man convicted of killing a husband and wife during a jewelry store robbery should get the death penalty.

The jury is expected to start deliberations in the penalty phase of Christopher DiMeo’s trial on Monday in Bridgeport Superior Court.

DiMeo, formerly of Queens, N.Y., was convicted of fatally shooting Tim and Kim Donnelly in their Fairfield store in February 2005.

Prosecutors must prove there were aggravating factors in the slayings.

DiMeo’s lawyers have not disputed that their client shot the couple. But they say DiMeo was high on heroin and did not go to the store intending to kill anyone.

The Connecticut Post reports that the defense has presented a list of about 100 witnesses they may call, including several psychiatrists.
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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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