LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A lone juror deliberating whether a convicted Missouri murderer should die for killing an expectant mother, her son and husband in the Texas Panhandle spared his life.
Jury foreman Tommy Jones told the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal Wednesday that the woman could not support the death penalty in the Sept. 30, 2005, massacre at a modest farmhouse outside Pampa in Gray County.
Jurors in a capital murder case must vote unanimously to sentence a defendant to lethal injection.
Jones said "the majority" of the 11-woman, one-man panel wanted the death penalty for Levi King. The foreman said he was "flabbergasted" that a death sentence wasn't the outcome of the five-week penalty phase of the trial.
Last year, 27-year-old King was sentenced to life without parole for killing two people in Missouri.