WINFIELD, Kan. (AP) _ A jury resumes deliberations in the case of a Kansas man convicted of killing a 19-year-old college student two years ago.
The panel in Cowley County District Court returned to the courthouse Tuesday, a day after spending about three hours discussing whether Justin Thurber should be put to death or spend life in prison.
The 25-year-old Arkansas City man was convicted last week of capital murder in the January 2007 killing of Jodi Sanderholm. The Cowley College student was abducted, raped and strangled.
Thurber's parents and sister asked the jury Monday to spare his life.
Glenda Thurber tearfully testified that prosecutors had rejected her son's request to let him plead guilty in exchange for life in prison. She apologized to Sanderholm's family, saying, "What happened to Jodi was beyond awful, horrific.''
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