Pa. man convicted of 2017 slaying; jurors to weigh death penalty

Pennsylvania

EASTON, Pa. (AP) – Jurors reassemble Monday to hear evidence on whether a man convicted of a slaying in an eastern Pennsylvania parking lot should be sentenced to death or to life in prison without possibility of parole.

The Northampton County panel deliberated for 2½ hours before convicting 26-year-old Dekota Baptiste of first-degree murder and attempted murder Friday night, rejecting his argument that he acted in self-defense.

Baptiste took the stand Friday to say he was trying to patch things up with 37-year-old Terrance Ferguson, but opened fire outside a Palmer Township auto parts store in February 2017 after the other man hit him with his car.

A witness to the shooting failed to appear, but another witness reported overhearing Baptiste tell Ferguson “You disrespected me with my girlfriend” shortly before the shooting.

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