BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ A Connecticut jury is about to begin deciding whether a convicted killer should be put to death or sent to prison for life.
The Bridgeport Superior Court jury in the penalty phase of Christopher DiMeo’s trial is scheduled to start deliberations on Monday.
DiMeo was convicted last month of fatally shooting jewelers Kim and Tim Donnelly during a robbery attempt at their Fairfield store in February 2005.
The jury must determine whether prosecutors proved there were aggravating factors in the slayings that warrant the death penalty.
Lawyers for the former Queens, N.Y., man have not disputed that their client shot the couple. But they say DiMeo does not deserve the death penalty because he was high on heroin and did not go to the store intending to kill anyone.
Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com
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