HOUSTON Prosecutors put victim family members on the stand Wednesday to testify against Harlem Lewis in his capital murder sentencing trial.

Terry Taylor s daughter, Courtney, wiped her eyes over and over. She told jurors about her father s ferocious work ethic at his car shop. Taylor often skipped vacations to work and save money for his wife and two children, Courtney said. He also refused to take Saturdays off until his funeral.

Daniel Norman fought back tears too. On the stand, he told jurors about the day Lewis murdered Daniel s dad, Bellaire Police Corporal Jimmie Norman. Daniel explained how his heart broke and how the crime robbed Norman s family of their rock.

Lewis listened to their testimony, but covered his face. Eventually, his lawyers showed jurors photos of Harlem growing up. They portrayed him as a troubled child.

What we re trying to make the point about is that Harlem is not one-dimensional, said Patrick McCann, Lewis lawyer.

Harlem s grandmother told jurors Lewis was always small in stature, teased by others, aloof, a slow learner and a follower who told psychologists he reached puberty at 16-years-old. One psychologist, hired by defense lawyers, testified that Lewis intelligent quotient is below below-average. So, he struggles to understand rules, the psychologist said. Lewis defense argued that is the kind of person who deserves prison instead of the death penalty.

(The) death sentence in this one serves no one, neither the deceased (victim s) families nor the interests of the state nor retributions nor deterrents, McCann said. What are they going to do? Deter other people who have Harlem s limitations? None of this makes sense.

It is all possible because of Lewis capital murder conviction. So, in coming days his defense plans to bring in many more witnesses to sway the jury s decision.


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