Sedgwick County Jury Deadlocks on Convicted Killer's Sentence

By: AP
By: AP

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) _ A Sedgwick County jury is unable to reach a
unanimous decision on the sentence for a man convicted of killing a
14-year-old girl who was nine months pregnant with his baby.

Because the jury's verdict was not unanimous, Elgin Robinson will be spared the death penalty in the slaying of Chelsea Brooks.

The packed courtroom had little reaction when the verdict was announced Tuesday.

Robinson will be formally sentenced on Dec. 5 to life in prison without the possibility for parole.

The jury had deliberated for less than four hours.

The same jury convicted Robinson last week in Chelsea's 2006 slaying. Prosecutors say Robinson paid a friend to kill the girl because the 22-year-old Wichita man was afraid of being charged with raping a minor.

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