A jury on Monday was charged with deciding if a man convicted of killing a pregnant woman would face the death penalty.
Keywan Conner was convicted last week of shooting and killing Tenisha Latham, who was 27 weeks pregnant at the time. Police said that Latham was shot four times in the head, 10TV’s Kevin Landers reported.
Latham’s daughter, named Miracle, survived the shooting which police said was the result of a marijuana purchase gone wrong. Latham’s husband, Larry, was also injured.
Conner, along with his family members, asked the jury for mercy on Monday.
“I didn’t do it. I didn’t do it,” Conner said.
Juanita Thomas, Conner’s grandmother, took the stand on Monday in hopes of saying the jury to spare her grandson’s life.
“I just plead for mercy for my grandson. He is so special. He would give the shirt off his back. He never had an enemy,” Thomas said.
Conner’s mother, Jaqueline Conner, said that her son was a natural-born leader, who was raised in a tough neighborhood.
“He was always a little man,” Conner said. “He always looked after his siblings.”
Keywan Conner said that he thought the jury needed to hear from him directly, Landers reported.
“It’s not in my character,” Conner said. “Hands down, it’s not in my character. I’m not a murderer. I’m a child of God, just like everybody else.”
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