HUNDLEY CASE | Jurors recommend death for Lance Hundley


4:27 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Jurors have recommended a death penalty for Lance Hundley to Judge Maureen Sweeney.

4:15 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Jurors have informed the court that they have reached a verdict in the Lance Hundley death penalty case. Watch here for more.

3:50 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Jurors in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court have just informed Judge Maureen Sweeney that they are at a standstill in trying to decide the mitigation phase of the Lance Hundley capital murder trial. Judge Sweeney told them to go back and deliberate until 4:30 p.m.

Jurors last week found guilty of aggravated murder with death penalty specifications for the Nov. 6, 2015 beating and strangulation death of Erika Huff, 41, in her Cleveland Street home.

Jurors can recommend that Hundley receive the death penalty; life without parole; or life with parole eligibility after 25 or 30 years.

Judge Sweeney is expected to announce their decision shortly. If jurors recommend death, the judge can either uphold or reject that recommendation.

3:20 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

Jurors in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court are still deliberating if Lance Hundley, 48, of Warren should receive the death penalty after they convicted him last week of the Nov. 6, 2015, murder of Erika Huff in her Cleveland Street home and attempted murder for beating Huff's mother.

Jurors received the case about 10:30 a.m. following a brief mitigation hearing where Hundley fired his attorneys and represented himself.

Jurors found last week that Hundley is eligible because he killed or tried to kill two people in the same course of conduct which qualifies him for the death penalty under Ohio law.

If jurors recommend death, Judge Maureen Sweeney can accept or reject their recommendation. Jurors can also opt for life with no parole or life with parole eligibility after 25 or 30 years.

12:06 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — Lance Hundley once again fired his attorneys today and represented himself in the mitigation phase of his capital murder case.

Hundley, 48, of Warren, was convicted last week in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court of aggravated murder for the Nov. 5, 2016, beating and strangulation death of Erika Huff, 41, in her Cleveland Street home and attempted murder for beating Huff's mother, Denise Johnson.

Jurors found that Hundley killed or tried to kill two or more people during the same course of conduct, which under Ohio law qualifies him for the death penalty.

Hundley, who fired two sets of lawyers and tried to represent himself, decided to represent himself during the sentencing phase today, but he gave jurors no reason why his life should be spared. Instead, he rehashed his defense, where he claimed someone broke into the home while he was sleeping and killed Huff.

Hundley's brother had to be taken out of the courtroom after he exploded when Hundley was giving his statement, telling his brother to "man up" and admit that he killed Huff.

Jurors received the case about 10:30 a.m. today shortly after Hundley was done testifying. They are deliberating now.

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