Darren Price found guilty in Hicks Park double murder trial

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Reported by: Lynn Casey
Reported by: Angela Hong
Updated: 2/10 10:27 pm Published: 2/10 4:49 pm

TULSA, Okla. -  The jury deliberated and has released their verdict, finding Darren Price guilty of murdering an Oral Roberts University student and her boyfriend at Tulsa’s Hicks Park in 2011.

The jury is still making a decision on the death penalty. It's up to the prosecution to prove there were certain elements in the crime that warrant the punishment.

District attorney Tim Harris asked for the death penalty for four reasons: first, that the murder had some sort of extra element of cruelty.

Second, that Price knowingly created great risk of death for more than one person.

Third, that he murdered the victim to avoid arrest of another crime.

And finally that Price would likely be a continuing threat to society even after conviction.

Those are elements the state will have to try to prove to the jury before they begin deciding what Price's punishment should be.

It will not be up to the jury to decide whether to recommend the death penalty for the murder charges.  

District Attorney told FOX23, "We will prepare for the next stage, the punishment stage, we'll go forward asking the jury to consider the punishment of death."

The trial will pick up again Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. 

Stay with FOX23 and we will keep you updated. 

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