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Jury begins deliberations in Woodard sentencing phase

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Closing arguments were heard in the sentencing phase of a convicted cop killer William Woodard on Thursday, October 18. Closing arguments were heard in the sentencing phase of a convicted cop killer William Woodard on Thursday, October 18.
DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -

A DeKalb County jury began deliberations on Thursday on whether to impose the death penalty against a convicted cop killer.

The jury will decide whether the state will execute William Woodward for the shooting deaths of two off-duty DeKalb County police officers.

Woodard was convicted last week in the murders of Barker and Bryant. Woodard claimed he shot them in self-defense after the officers confronted him at an apartment complex where they were working off-duty security jobs in 2008.

Prosecutors urged the jury to give Woodard the death sentence for killing to the two officers.

As prosecutor Don Geary spoke of the two slain officers, Eric Barker and Ricky Bryant Jr., he told jurors that Woodard brutally murdered the officers.

Geary told the jurors that Woodard had bragged of "holding court in the street," because as a convicted felon, he did not want return to jail.

Defense attorneys delivered their closing arguments on Thursday. They pointed to Woodard's background of neglect, abuse and exposure to violence.

The jurors will have to decide whether to give Woodard life imprisonment, life in prison without parole, or sentence him to death. They deliberated for a couple of hours on Thursday before recessing for the day.

Deliberations are expected to resume on Friday morning.

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