Death Sentence Issued in 2002 Triple Slaying

ATLANTA (AP) - A Fulton County Superior Court jury has issued a
death sentence to a 36-year-old man who earlier rejected the
prosecution's offer of a life sentence without parole.

The jury deliberated for more than five hours before pronouncing
the death sentence against De'Kelvin Martin, who was convicted last
week in the fatal stabbings of his girlfriend's 12-year-old son,
83-year-old grandfather and 77-year-old grandmother.

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.

Psychiatrists and psychologists disagreed on whether Martin was mentally ill at the time of the trial or when the killings took place in October 2002.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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