Sentencing Phase

By: AP
By: AP

Jurors in Dallas have begun deciding the fate of a former Texas prison escapee convicted of killing a policeman.

Patrick Murphy Junior was convicted last week of capital murder for his role in the slaying of Irving, Texas Officer Aubrey Hawkins.

Murphy was one of six escapees later captured in Colorado, where the seventh killed himself.

Jurors are now deciding whether Murphy should get the death penalty.

Hawkins was gunned down and run over while trying to stop a robbery at a sporting goods store on Christmas Eve 2000.

Five other escapees were convicted of Hawkins' murder and sentenced to death.

Murphy had been serving a 50-year sentence for aggravated assault when the prison break occurred.


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