HOUSTON Could Verna McClain face the death penalty if convicted in the murder of Kala Golden?
The answer isn t as simple as it seems.
Since McClain is charged with capital murder, technically, she could be eligible for the death penalty if convicted.
But her defense attorneys believe, despite her alleged confession to the crime, she is not a woman who deserves to die.
As far as actually seeking the death penalty, it is our opinion that it is not an appropriate case to seek the death penalty, defense attorney E. Tay Bond said.
In order for a jury to sentence a convicted killer to death, they have to believe that the killer committed the act deliberately, that there were no mitigating circumstances like mental illness, and that the person would be a future danger to society.
Bond said future dangerousness can be difficult to prove.
On top of that, there is also the possibility of an insanity defense.
McClain s next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.
KHOU 11 News will be there, and will bring you all the latest details.