GREENSBURG, Pa. — A western Pennsylvania jury is set to hear closing arguments in the death penalty phase trial of a man who helped murder a mentally disabled woman killed after being held captive for more than two days.
The Westmoreland County jury must decide whether 22-year-old Melvin Knight deserves the death penalty or life in prison without parole in the February 2010 death of 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty.
Prosecutors say Knight deserves to die for his crimes because Daugherty was raped by Knight and tortured by him and five others before she was killed.
Knight's attorneys argue he has low intelligence, mental health issues and has also taken responsibility for his crimes by pleading guilty to first-degree murder back in April. They're hoping the jury will spare his life as a result.