Deliberations to resume in Md. death penalty trial

February 6, 2012

Jurors are expected to resume deliberations Monday in an Anne Arundel County court in the death penalty trial of one of two prisoners accused in the stabbing death of a correctional officer.

Lee E. Stephens, 32, is accused in the 2006 death of Cpl. David McGuinn at the House of Correction in Jessup.

If Stephens is sentenced to death, it would be the first since Maryland’s law changed to reserve capital punishment for murders in which there is a videotaped confession or biological evidence linking the defendant to the crime.

Prosecutors told jurors that they have biological evidence — McGuinn’s blood on the prisoners’ clothes. But Stephens’ defense says that that’s no surprise because blood was spread after the attack.

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