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Northampton County Man Avoids Death Sentence

After prosecutors won a first degree murder conviction, both sides stressed to the jury the weight of the decision they needed to make. Jurors deliberated for four hours, and according to the foreman, they remained deadlocked (7-5) for the entirety of their time in the jury room. As a result of the split, the judge will impose a life without the possibility of parole sentence for Dekota Baptiste.

“There’s no victory here,” Monahan said after the deadlock was declared. “One man is dead and the other will serve the rest of his life in prison. Two families are shattered.”

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