It was an emotionally charged morning at the courthouse as Melvin Knight was formally sentenced to the death penalty; the first time that has happened in a Westmoreland County courtroom since 2005.
It took a Westmoreland County jury just two hours to condemn Melvin Knight to death. He now becomes the 203rd inmate on Pennsylvania’s death row.
Jurors heard from two psychiatrists who have evaluated Melvin Knight Wednesday morning.
Jurors heard extensive testimony Tuesday from experts in the mental health field as the defense tries to prove that Melvin Knight was driven to murder by a controlling Ricky Smyrnes.
At least two jurors were in tears Monday morning as they listened to Jennifer Daugherty’s family give emotional accounts of the day they saw her for the final time. This was the last testimony before prosecutors rested their case.
The penalty phase for Melvin Knight, one of the so-called “Greensburg 6,” continues today in Westmoreland County.
estimony continues today in the penalty phase for one of members of the so-called “Greensburg 6” in Westmoreland County. Jurors today heard testimony about the injuries sustained by 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty at the hands of the so-called “Greensburg 6.”
A Westmoreland County man facing the death penalty sat emotionless in his chair as the mother of his child testified against him.
Jurors heard more testimony in the sentencing phase of the trial for Melvin Knight, one of six people accused of torturing and killing a mentally-challenged woman in Greensburg.
The penalty phase for one of the so-called members of the “Greensburg Six” began Monday morning in Westmoreland County.
Jury selection began Monday in the penalty phase for a man who previously pleaded guilty in the kidnapping and torture death of a Westmoreland County woman in 2010.
One of the so-called “Greensburg Six” was in court Tuesday with several requests for the judge in the case. Ricky Smyrnes is accused in connection with the torture and death of Jennifer Daugherty.
One of the so-called Greensburg Six pleaded guilty in court today. Melvin Knight pleaded guilty to first and second degree murder in connection with the torture death of Jennifer Daugherty two years ago.
The first of the Greensburg Six to be convicted in the death of Jennifer Daugherty was formally sentenced Wednesday.
One of the “Greensburg 6” will be spending her life behind bars, but her five others are still awaiting trial.
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