Defense Rests Case in Penalty Phase

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Norman, Okla (AP) The defense has rested its case in the penalty phase of an Oklahoma trial with a plea from the mother of the defendant to spare her son.

Kevin Underwood was convicted of first-degree murder for killing 10-year-old Jamie Rose Bolin. The girl's body was found in a plastic tub in Underwood's apartment two years ago with her head nearly cut off.

Defense attorneys arguing against the death penalty say their client is mentally disturbed and out of touch with reality. Prosecutors said the killing was fueled by torture fantasies and internet pornography. They're arguing for the death penalty, citing the heinous nature of the crime and saying Underwood poses a continuing threat.

A psychiatrist testifying for the defense says Underwood “gave up on being normal” and was driven by deviant sexual disorders and a downward spiral of depression.

The jury will decide whether Underwood should be sentenced to death or life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.

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