Testimony continues for the sentencing of convicted murderer

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 2/13 9:16 am Published: 2/12 4:57 pm

TULSA, Okla. - Lawyers for the man convicted of murdering two people in Hicks Park in 2011 continue to plea for a jury to spare his life.

Darren Price was convicted of killing Carrisa Horton and Ethan Nichols, and could face the death penalty.

Tomorrow the jury that convicted Price will decide whether he should be executed or spend life in prison.

Prosecutors called multiple witnesses to describe Price's violent nature.

One ex-girlfriend described how he regularly beat her and threatened to kill her. Price was even convicted of kidnapping and aggravated assault for one such incident.

Prosecutors also made sure the jury knew Price was convicted of assault and battery when he was 15 for an incident at a skate park.

Then jurors heard victim impact statements from both Nichols and Horton's parents.

Several jurors were crying during these statements, as was Price's own attorney.

But Price never looked up from the floor.

The defense focused on trying to convince the jury that Price was just the product of a terrible childhood.

Jurors heard from Price's mother about her constant drug use while she was pregnant with him and after. She testified about violent beatings she got from her boyfriend that Price witnessed as a child and that he was rejected by his biological father as a teen when he finally met him.

The jury also heard that Price was being charged with an additional count of intimidating a witness.
Donald Williams testified against Price in his murder trial last week, but as Williams was being taken back to the Tulsa County Jail he was attacked by another inmate named Jeremiah Seals.
Williams said Seals, who he had no problem with before, walked up and head-butted him in the face, causing him to also hit his head on a brick wall.

Williams said he now fears for his life.

Another man who was in the same transport group to the jail and witnessed the attack said he also witnessed Price announce to several inmates that he wanted to “max out” Williams for being a snitch.
That witness testified that Seals was close enough to hear Price’s intention to have Williams killed or hurt and the witness said it was clear Seals attacked Williams in response to Price’s request.

The intimidating a witness charge will have to be tried separately.

The defense will call more witnesses in the morning before the jury begins deliberating.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/13/2014 8:01 PM
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Price is not hesitant to inflict violence on others. That is evident with the violence that he incited on Williams.

Mayor Maynot - 2/13/2014 10:32 AM
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Bring back ole sparky for Price.

Mayor Maynot - 2/13/2014 10:23 AM
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KILL THE PUNK. Nobody will miss him.
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