Sentencing Begins In Hicks Park Murders

Tuesday, February 11th 2014, 7:44 pm
By: News On 6

The jury in the Darren Price murder trial found him guilty on Monday of murdering two people. Tuesday, they learned he is a two-time convicted felon from 2009.

Court records show he kidnapped a woman and hit her so hard it broke a bone in her face.

Price got a suspended sentence at the time.

The jury wasn't allowed to hear about Price's previous crimes during the trial, because it could've influenced their decision.

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The jury had to decide if Price was guilty of his 2011 crime of robbing and murdering Ethan Nichols and Carissa Horton.

They were allowed to hear about his past on Tuesday, so they could decide how much punishment he should get for the two non-death penalty charges: having a gun as an ex-con and running from police.

The jury sentenced Price to 30-years in prison for having the gun, 15-years for running from police and gave him a $10,000 fine for both.

Now, the death penalty phase begins.

Prosecutors will call people to talk about Price's juvenile record; plus the victims' families will give their impact statements about how much they've suffered because of the murders.

Ethan and Carissa's parents are expected to testify about how devastating it's been to lose their children in the senseless, violent way.

Defense attorneys will also call witnesses to talk about what kind of life Price has had.

Attorney Jack Gordon Jr started his opening statement by saying his client was born a crack baby. He said before Price was three years old he witnessed his father abuse his mother and he too was a victim of beatings.

Attorneys told the jury Price didn't have a stable home, living with his mother, until she went to jail; then his aunt, before being placed in state custody.

Once the jury has heard all the statements, they will decide Price's punishment. They'll have three choices: life in prison, life in prison without parole or the death penalty.