Penalty Phase Testimony Wraps Up in Cozzie Trial


Jury deliberations will begin Thursday morning in the penalty phase of the Steven Cozzie murder trial.

Closing arguments are still ongoing as of Wednesday afternoon.

Two psychologists' testimonies dominated most of day three of the penalty phase.

Both sides called medical experts to the stand, the defense witness testified that Cozzie told him he had been physically, emotionally, and sexually abused.

Both say that something triggered Cozzie the night he murdered 15-year-old Courtney Wilkes.

Dr. Steven Gold, a psychologist said Wednesday in court, "what he reported was that she said to him that he interpreted as indicating that he was a creep and the next thing he knew he came to finding that he was choking her."

A second psychologist, Dr. Harry McClaren, said, "(He) indicated that something was spoken that brought back bad memories. A way something was spoken visualized."

Thursday, the jury will face a big decision; whether to recommend the judge to sentence Cozzie to life in prison without parole or the death penalty.

NewsChannel 7 is on the story and will bring you more updates Thursday as they come.


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