NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - Testimony is winding down in the penalty
phase of the trial of a man convicted of killing two of his sisters
and the mother-in-law of one of the women.
Defense attorneys for William Eugene Davis questioned witnesses
Friday in the portion of the trial in which jurors decide whether
to sentence him to death or life in prison either with or without
The jury convicted Davis on Wednesday of three counts of
first-degree murder and assault with intent to kill.
One witness was sociologist Dr. David Musick who said Davis
suffered physical abuse at an early age and was given alcohol by
relatives at the age of six. He says Davis' life experiences were
"a formula for disaster" that contributed to the killings.
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