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Sentencing Jury For Convicted Pastor Killer In Recess

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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The jury that will decide how severely convicted murderer Steven Nelson will be punished has gone into recess for the weekend.

Earlier this week Nelson was found guilty of murdering Arlington Pastor Clint Dobson and severely beating his assistant, Judy Elliott. The pair was inside NorthPointe Baptist Church when they were attacked on March 3, 2011.

During the continued sentencing phase of the trial, four witnesses took the stand for the prosecution Friday morning; they included three members of Dobson’s family and Elliott’s husband. All four witnesses told jurors about the void that exists in their lives now.

The same jury that took less than two hours to find Nelson guilty of Capital Murder and Attempted Capital Murder will also decide if the 25-year-old will spend the rest of his life in prison or be put to death.

During the trial prosecutors detailed how Nelson bound Dobson with a computer extension cord, and then suffocated him with a trashcan liner.

Nelson testified in his own defense and told jurors he hadn’t killed anyone, and that he didn’t know anyone was dead until he was told later. The then defendant testified that his two friends murdered Dobson and beat Elliott. He claimed his only offense was stealing Elliott’s car and credit cards.

They jury is in recess until Monday, when more witnesses for the prosecution are expected to testify in this sentencing phase.