Family of slain Pa. officer speaks at sentencing

This is an undated mug shot of George Hitcho. Image courtesy WFMZ-TV.

May 21, 2012 10:13:44 AM PDT
The wife of a Pennsylvania police officer killed in the line of duty says her 5-year-old son still asks her when his father will be coming home.

Jurors deciding if George Hitcho Jr. deserves the death penalty for killing Freemansburg police Officer Robert Lasso are hearing from the slain officer's family.

Jennifer Lasso tells a Northampton County jury her husband was killed just a few weeks before their wedding anniversary.

Several of Robert Lasso's family members gave testimony Monday at the start of Hitcho's sentencing hearing. He was convicted last week of first-degree murder for shooting Lasso in the head as the officer responded to an Aug. 11 disturbance call.

Hitcho's attorney says his client wasn't a violent person until after a series of head injuries.