Death penalty phase of barbershop slayings trial begins


CLEVELAND (AP) — The jury that convicted a 21-year-old man of aggravated murder and other charges in a triple homicide at a suburban Cleveland barbershop has begun hearing arguments about whether he should receive the death penalty.

The sentencing phase of Douglas Shine Jr.’s murder trial got underway Wednesday. Defense attorneys will be laying out their case for why Shine should not die by lethal injection.

If jurors recommend the death penalty, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge will decide whether to impose that sentence or give Shine life in prison with no chance of parole.

Shine was convicted Nov. 4 of opening fire inside a Warrensville Heights barber shop in February 2015, killing the owner, an employee and a customer. The jury also convicted Shine of conspiring to kill a witness.

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