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Penalty phase begins in Kan. capital murder trial

Published on -7/9/2012, 10:29 AM

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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) -- Jurors are returning to court to decide whether a former northeastern Kansas man convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and their son should be executed or receive a lesser sentence.

The Manhattan Mercury (http://bit.ly/NAcyq2 ) reported that penalty phase of Luis Aguirre's capital murder trial gets under way Monday.

Jurors in Riley County District Court deliberated only a few hours last month before convicting Aguirre of suffocating 18-year-old Tanya Maldonado and the couple's 13-month-old son, Juan. The deaths occurred in September 2009 at Aguirre's home in Ogden.

A hunter found the bodies the following month in a shallow grave near Ogden.

Evidence in the trial included video of Aguirre telling investigators the deaths were accidental.

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Information from: The Manhattan Mercury, http://www.themercury.com

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