Jury recommends death penalty in "C-Murder" sentencing

By Tiffany Teasley – bio | email

HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A Butler County jury recommends the death penalty in the case of Calvin McKelton. Mckelton showed virtually no emotion when the sentence was read in court.

Mckelton, known as C-Murder on the streets, was convicted of strangling his girlfriend, Margaret Allen and killing a witness to the crime Germaine Evans.

"They came to the conclusion that what happened to Germaine Evans was just too heavy to ignore," said Asst. Prosecutor Lance Salyers.

Before deliberations he told jurors that he wants to be a part of his children's lives and attend school, but that wasn't enough  for them to spare his life.

"We wish that they had come back with a life verdict in the case, Calvin wished so too, I know his daughters will be very upset about this," said defense attorney Melynda Cook.

If the judge agrees with the jury's decision on the death penalty the defense plans on appealing with Ohio Supreme Court. Defense attorneys said the jury simply couldn't understand or identify with McKelton's lifestyle.

"When you hear his story of how he was raised and what he did to become the person he did, it's different than 12 people 14 people, it was different than every other white person on that jury," said Melynda Cook, McKelton's Defense attorney.
Prosecutors say the jury set aside their differences and consider just the facts of the case.
 "I don't think it's a matter of that this jury was too white or too suburban or to rural or to anything, what they were was too familiar with the facts of this case, they were too familiar with the evidence of his guilt," Salyers said.
Thursday night a juror was dismissed from the sentencing deliberation, citing personal reasons that led to the judge dismissing her, an alternate replaced the juror. Reportedly, the juror will be visiting a family member about to have a major surgery.

No family was in the courtroom when the sentence was read, the jury began deliberations new on Friday morning and reached a decision just before noon.

 A judge will make the final sentencing on November 2nd.

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