Monday, July 9, 2012
Jurors are returning to court to decide whether a former northeastern Kansas man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and their son should be executed or receive a lesser sentence.
The Manhattan Mercury reported that penalty phase of Luis Aguirre's capital murder trial gets under way Monday.
Jurors in Riley County District Court deliberated only a few hours last month before convicting Aguirre of suffocating 18-year-old Tanya Maldonado and the couple's 13-month-old son, Juan. The deaths occurred in September 2009 at Aguirre's home in Ogden.
A hunter found the bodies the following month in a shallow grave near Ogden.
Evidence in the trial included video of Aguirre telling investigators the deaths were accidental.
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