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WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The defense has rested in the sentencing phase of a convicted murderer. Danny Lamont Thomas was found guilty of killing four people in Chadbourn back in 2005. He now faces the death penalty.

The jury had a short day Tuesday. They heard testimony in the morning and were released just before lunch time, but the attorneys stayed busy the rest of the day discussing and preparing for what’s next.

Thomas looked relaxed Tuesday as he entered the courtroom. This was the final day of testimony in the sentencing phase of his trial. The jury was sent home just before lunch and will not return until Thursday morning. The one-day break will not just give jurors a chance to recoup from the trial that has lasted three weeks; but will also give the prosecution and the defense a full day to prepare their closing arguments.

Come Thursday morning the jury will be asked to deliberate a sentence for Thomas, including the death penalty. Last week this same six-man, six-woman jury found Thomas guilty of four counts of first degree murder. He killed four people during separate attempted robberies in Chadbourn back in 2005.

During the sentencing phase of the trial Thomas’s attorneys called family members, who gave the jury background on Thomas’s upbringing in hopes of steering them away from a death sentence.

We talked to a relative of one of the victims. She did not say whether she thought the death penalty was a suitable punishment for Thomas, but said it’s up to the jury to decide his fate.


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