ATLANTA (AP) - Prosecutors got a conviction in the death-penalty
case against De'Kelvin Martin, who they say fatally stabbed his
girlfriends 12-year-old son, 83-year-old grandfather and
A jury handed down the verdict Friday in the October 2002 stabbing and is set to return Monday to begin deciding whether Martin should get the death penalty or life in prison.
Martin's lawyers had argued he was guilty but asked jurors to find him mentally ill at the time of the slaying. They argued Martin's cocaine use triggered a psychotic reaction that caused the rage killing.
Prosecutors said Martin killed Tymika Wright's relatives out of anger after she refused his demands for sex and asked her son to call 911 when Martin was trying to rape her.
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