Jury deciding penalty in murder of Phila. officer

August 13, 2010 10:46:37 AM PDT
Jurors began their deliberations Friday over whether two men convicted in the murder of a Philadelphia police officer should be sentenced to death.

Forty-one-year-old Levon Warner and 35-year-old Eric Floyd were convicted of first-degree murder last month in the May 2008 death of Sgt. Stephen Liczbinski following a bank robbery.

A third suspect, the alleged gunman, died in a shootout with police.

Now, the jury must decide whether to sentence Warner and Floyd to death - or give them life in prison.

Jurors began deliberations around 1:30 p.m. after getting instructions from Common Pleas Judge Renee Cardwell Hughes.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty, but the defense has emphasized that neither man on trial fired the shots that killed Liczbinski.


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