Atchison's sentencing testimony continues

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Reported by: Janna Clark
Updated: 8/30/2013 5:24 pm Published: 8/30/2013 4:52 pm

A convicted murderer will learn his fate Friday night.

Zane Atchison was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder. Jurors heard more witness testimony Friday morning and closing arguments Friday afternoon.

The DA is seeking the death penalty in this case. It is the first death penalty case in Tulsa since 2009.

A woman testified she used to date Atchison. She teared up when she said how much she cares about him. She said once he started taking drugs he became a different person.

Atchison's sister testified that after his father moved out, Atchison struggled, that he was hurt. She started to cry when she talked about how he changed when he started taking drugs.

Atchison's father testified his son was a delight as a child and that the divorce was hard on him. He said Atchison holds feelings inside and that after the divorce, Atchison seemed to quit trying at school.

An expert witness, a forensic neuropsychologist, testified Atchison dealt with low self-esteem, depression and suicidal tendencies, and he was diagnosed with ADHD and has learning disabilities. He said it makes Atchison more susceptible to substance abuse and criminal activity.

The witness said Atchison was "on a crash crash<<did he say crash twice?>> course. Mix in meth and heroin, something's going to happen."

When both sides have rested their case, the jurors will deliberate as long as necessary.

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Mayor Maynot - 8/31/2013 10:28 AM
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This guy is mentally I'll and you want to give him a death sentence. You claim Woodwork is not mentally competent and that's enough to keep him from the death sentence. I'm not understanding that.
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