Instruction #5: In phase 3 the jury may see "victim impact evidence" relating to personal characteristics of the deceased and the impact of their deaths on the families
@JG: Not yet, that may be the last step
@trl2: No polls, outside of these blogs, because only the jury's decision matters. What we feel cannot influence them
Instruction #7: There will be more instructions at the end of the phase, so don't form judgements before that time
@Suzanne: interference in the courtroom.
TM asks to present an opening statement, they're asked to approach the judge
"After hundreds of witnesses to discuss the crime itself, mental health and guilt. after a week and dozens of witnesses to talk about him. You will now finally get to hear from a handful of people, with a handful of stories, with a handful of photos and videos to give you a glimpse as to who those people are in the photos. those he shot to death"
DA says only appropriate sentence in this case is death
"Each of you individually must make that moral determination in your mind, in your heart, and square with your conscience as to the appropriate sentence for this young man"
"It is the kind of evidence that will take hold of you. It is ok to feel that grief and sadness. we will all feel it. but the law requires that you not be swayed by that emotion, that you not allow that emotion for the families to overwhelm your decision making process."
@trl2: He's here in the office today
"It is a decision you'll have to live with for the rest of your lives"
Objection to opening going to long is sustained,
- New Witness
First witness is Robert Wingo
Robert Wingo was Rebecca Wingo's ex-husband for 8 years