Character testimony underway in Galloway death penalty trial

Posted at 7:47 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 21:47:27-04

This week, Glen Galloway was found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his former girlfriend, Janice Nam and second-degree murder in the death of his former roommate, Marcus Anderson.

Currently, the sentencing phase is underway in the death penalty case.

On Wednesday, the jury passed the first phase of sentencing by agreeing the prosecution proved more than one aggravating factor in Janice Nam’s death beyond a reasonable doubt.

This decision keeps the death penalty on the table.

Now, the jury is in the second phase of the sentencing, where the defense team will bring in a scope of witnesses to testify on Galloway’s character.

As one defense attorney put it, Galloway’s life is now the jury’s responsibility and they need to know as much information about it as possible before reaching a decision.

Wednesday’s witness testimonies began with three of Galloway’s childhood friends from Ohio who talked about his integrity and hardworking nature back.

Their testimonies are meant to convince the jury to decide against the death penalty and opt for a lesser sentence, such as life without parole.

If the jury decides the aggravating factors in Nam’s death still outweigh witness testimonies, jurors will move into the third phase of sentencing, where the death penalty will still be an option.