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Man Gets Death For Houston-Area Officer’s Death

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File photo of a gavel in a courtroom.  (Credit: Thinkstock)

File photo of a gavel in a courtroom. (Credit: Thinkstock)

HOUSTON (AP) — A jury has returned a death sentence for a man convicted of capital murder in the deaths of a Houston-area police officer and an auto body shop owner.

The Harris County jury deliberated about 12 hours over two days before reaching its sentence Tuesday for 23-year-old Harlem Lewis III.

The jury found Lewis guilty last week of capital murder in the Christmas Eve killings two years ago of Bellaire police Officer Jimmie Norman and auto body shop owner Terry Taylor.

Defense attorneys had warned jurors that, as attorney Tyronne Moncriffe said, “killing puts a stain on you.” He told jurors, “You don’t have to put that stain on yourself.”

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