AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Prosecutors are highlighting convicted
killer Paul Devoe's unsavory past as they begin the punishment
phase of his capital murder trial.
Devoe could be sentenced to death or life in prison. He's
accused of killing six people in a cross-country spree and was
convicted Friday in two of the deaths.
The punishment phase began Monday and has focused on Devoe's
criminal history, as witnesses recounted his penchant for beer,
crack cocaine and crystal meth.
A former girlfriend told the jury how Devoe assaulted her twice
shortly before the killing spree, leaving her with a black eye,
broken nose and a serious back injury. Another witness testified
Devoe opened fire on a group of people with a shotgun.