Marcus Wesson: Control, Incest and Murder
Death Plus 102
The jurors wrestled with the evidence for more than two weeks and ultimately decided that Wesson himself pulled the trigger on at least some of the victims, the Associated Press reported.
As the courtroom emptied, Wesson's relatives rushed from the building and neither the prosecution nor the defense would answer reporters' questions.
A month later, Fresno County Superior Court Judge R.L. Putnam accepted the jury's recommendation for the death penalty. The judge also sentenced Wesson to 102 years in prison for sexually abusing his daughters and nieces.
"I am proud of all my family, of the way we were raised," she told the court, her voice breaking.
Wesson's defense team filed a motion asking the judge to grant their client a new trial, or reduce his sentence to life in prison. Putnam denied both requests, stating that the "continued love of him by some family members" was the only leniency Wesson could expect.
Jurors said they felt vindicated by the judge's ruling.
"It was hard — we had a lot of sleepless nights," juror Alex Florez told the Associated Press. "It was a lot of work, but this is closure for us — to feel we've done our civic duty."