TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury has recommended two life sentences for a Tulsa man convicted in the 2011 shooting deaths of a young couple.
Jurors spared 21-year-old Darren Price from the death penalty when they made their decision Thursday. Price was convicted of first-degree felony murder for the shooting deaths of 18-year-old Carissa Horton and 21-year-old Ethan Nichols.
Horton and Nichols, both originally from Iowa, were fatally shot while out on a walk in Hicks Park.
Prosecutors had urged a death sentence for Price, noting that Horton witnessed her boyfriend's death before she was killed. But defense attorneys urged mercy, saying that Price was abandoned at age 3 and was exposed to violence and drug abuse during his childhood.
The Tulsa World reports (http://bit.ly/1ouc9cC ) formal sentencing is set for March 27.
Information from: Tulsa World, http://www.tulsaworld.com