OKLA. CITY —
A MINI TRIAL
During Thursday’s sentencing hearing, the state presented one witness, Edmond Police Detective Mark Oak, the primary investigator in the case, and the defense presented seven witnesses, including Mason’s mother.
In speaking about Mason, defense attorneys and witnesses painted a picture of a highly intelligent person who was well-behaved in high school but had subpar decision-making skills, suffered from a fractured home life and depression, lived a sheltered childhood, was protective of his mother, longed for social acceptance, got involved with a group that often spoke and fantasized about death and murder, committed a brutal crime and has been spiritually transformed through a jail ministry.
Holden said when she saw Mason on Oct. 18, 2009, he was excited, that he said the murder was amazing, Oak testified.
Assistant District Attorney Clayton Niemeyer argued that Mason had led a fairly normal life being one who graduated from high school, held a full-time job, had a girlfriend and was a part-time college student.
Niemeyer said he was speaking on behalf of the victim who didn’t hurt anyone during his 54 years on earth. Niemeyer said Morgan’s last word, uttered when he was awoken, being attacked, looked at the defendant, pleaded with him to stop and said, “Why?”
“This isn’t a nice young man,” Niemeyer said. “This is evil. That’s the only answer.”
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