By: AP
By: AP

BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) - A Jefferson County judge is deciding whether to impose death or life without parole on a man convicted of murdering his ex-girlfriend and three others.

Jurors recommended life for 26-year-old Scott Lamar Abbott. But the victims' relatives are asking Circuit Judge Mac Parsons to sentence the man to death at a hearing Wednesday afternoon in Bessemer.

Death penalty supporters plan to rally at the courthouse beforehand in an attempt to persuade the judge to condemn Abbott.

Abbott was convicted of capital murder in the stabbing deaths of former girlfriend Jeri Lynn Cole and three other people in March 2009. Prosecutors say Abbott killed all four in a rage after Cole broke up with him.

The defense contends Abbott has had mental problems for years.

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