Friday, May 31, 2013

North Philadelphia Drug Kingpin Kaboni Savage's Life In Jury Hands

Veteran organized crime reporter George Anastasia is covering the federal murder-racketeering trial of North Philadelphia drug kingpin Kaboni Savage for

Will Kaboni Savage be the first defendant sentenced to death in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania since the federal death sentence was reinstituted in 1988?

That's the question the anonymously chosen jury that convicted Savage of racketeering and murder two weeks ago began wrestling with today. The nine women and three men deliberated for about four hours after being instructed by Judge R. Barclay Surrick on the legal issues that apply in the capital murder case. They recessed around 4:30. Deliberations are set to resume tomorrow morning.

The only two options for the panel are death or life without parole. The jury, which heard arguments and testimony for five days during the penalty phase of the trial, must first unanimously decide that the death penalty is warranted. The panel must then vote unanimously to impose it.

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