HOUSTON A jury was deliberating Monday afternoon to determine whether convicted cop killer Harlem Lewis will receive life in prison or the death penalty.
His defense argued for an hour telling jurors death row is reserved for the worst of the worst. They said despite murdering Bellaire Police Cpl. Jimmie Norman and bystander Terry Taylor, Lewis is not aggressive.
He has a stain on him and he ll have it until the day he dies. What the state of Texas is saying to you is kill too. You become a killer. You don t have to become a killer. Harlem Lewis is going to die in prison, said his lawyer Tyrone Moncriffe.
But prosecutors, led by District Attorney Devon Anderson, reminded jurors of Lewis crimes in and outside of jail, and of the violence seen in court when they played graphic video of both murders earlier in the trial.
Law enforcement needs you to let people know that at least in Harris County, if you murder a police officer in cold blood, you pay the ultimate price, because anything less is kind of a joke. It s kind of comical, Anderson said.
There are 14 jurors. At least 10 of them must rule that Lewis is not a threat for him to avoid the death penalty.
After a one-week trial, it took a Harris County jury just two hours to find Lewis guilty of capital murder for the death of the Bellaire police officer and innocent bystander. The murders were recorded on the officer s own police dash camera on Christmas Eve 2 years ago.