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Brown's Chicken Trial Continues Death Penalty Phase

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Jurors are expected back in court today to continue hearing whether Juan Luna should face the death penalty. Luna was convicted last week of murder for the Brown’s Chicken massacre. Chicago Public Radio’s Lynette Kalsnes reports.


Yesterday, the jury heard from Juan Luna’s son on a videotape. Brian Luna said his father tells him to get good grades, and to take care of his mother and his grandma. The boy says he wants his father to come back home, and take him to the zoo.

Several relatives testified Juan Luna was a peaceful man who was devoted to family.

Defense attorneys are trying to convince the jury that Luna should spend his life in prison -- not go to death row.

A forensic psychologist testified Luna would find prison “excruciatingly difficult.” He also says Luna’s IQ is 86.

A former prison warden testified inmates spend long hours in tiny cells, and can’t decide when to wake up or eat.

But prosecutors pointed out the inmates have access to TVs, a gym and church services. They also said Luna has had years with his family, and the victims of the massacre have not.

I’m Lynette Kalsnes, Chicago Public Radio.

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