Jurors are hearing arguments on whether a man convicted in the execution-style slaying of a man outside a northeast Philadelphia car wash five years ago should be executed or spend life in prison.
Thirty-one-year-old Omar Sharif Cash was convicted last week in the 2008 slaying of 29-year-old Muliek Brown. He is already serving life without parole in a Bucks County murder, carjacking and rape.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports prosecutor Peter Lim called this a rare death penalty decision that isn't about the “the vileness of the specific murder but the terrible nature of the person involved.”
Defense attorney Earl Kauffman urged jurors Tuesday to look beyond his client's record and consider a troubled childhood that left him at age 6 to turn to the streets.
The Inquirer report lays out some of Cash’s previous run-ins with the law including dismissed sex assault charges and a jury deadlocking on whether he deserved death for killing a North Philadelphia couple.