Closing Arguments in Kleypas Resentencing

By: AP
By: AP

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) _ Jurors are deliberating whether a man
convicted of killing a southeast Kansas college student 12 years
ago should get the death penalty.

Lawyers presented closing arguments Monday in the sentencing hearing for Gary Kleypas, who was convicted in 1997 of capital
murder in the death of 20-year-old Carrie Williams, a Pittsburg
State University student.

Assistant Attorney General Barry Disney told jurors that Kleypas deserves the death penalty because of the manner in which Williams
died and because Kleypas was on parole for a 1977 murder in Missouri.

Defense attorney Ron Evans told the jury to consider mitigating factors, such as Kleypas' difficult childhood and mental illness.

Kleypas previously was sentenced to death, but the state Supreme
Court ordered a new sentencing hearing because of flaws in the jury
instruction.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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