Updated: 11:24 a.m. Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 | Posted: 5:31 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012
Jury to decide fate of man accused of murdering mentally disabled woman
GREENSBURG, Pa. —
A jury will decide if a western Pennsylvania man deserves the death penalty or life in prison for the torture killing of a mentally disabled woman who was forced to drink cleaning liquids before her body was dumped in a school parking lot.
Jury selection begins Monday in the penalty trial of Melvin Knight. Knight, 22, pleaded guilty in April in the February 2010 killing of 30-year-old Jennifer Daugherty.
He and five others were charged after Daugherty's body was found bound with Christmas lights after two days of abusive captivity inside a Greensburg apartment.
Police said Daugherty was beaten, forced to undress and made to drink a concoction of human waste, bleach and prescription drugs before being fatally stabbed.
Angela Marinucci, 19, was convicted in May of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. Four more suspects await trial.