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Judge in Wesson Trial Delays Penalty Phase

June 23, 2005|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

In order to resolve a "legal issue," a judge delayed the start of the penalty phase until today in a trial of a man convicted of murdering nine of his children.

Judge R.L. Putnam dismissed the jurors Wednesday morning, saying they would have to wait another day before hearing testimony that would help them decide whether Marcus Wesson should get the death penalty.

Last week, the jurors found Wesson guilty of nine counts of murder and 14 counts of sexually abusing several daughters and nieces.

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