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Jury says lawyer should die for killing mistress

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) -- A wealthy, politically connected lawyer convicted of killing his mistress sat emotionless as a jury called for his execution, only hours after he asked to live for the sake of his family.

Thomas Capano's daughters wept silently as the jury's recommendation was read Thursday. Later, as he was being led from the courtroom, he mouthed to his 76-year-old mother, Marguerite, "It'll be all right."Superior Court Judge William Swain Lee said the recommendation will carry great weight in his sentencing decision. No sentencing date has been set.

Capano, 49, was convicted Jan. 17 of murder by the same jury that condemned him to die for the 1996 killing of Anne Marie Fahey. The case has riveted the state.

Capano admitted at the start of his three-month trial that he stuffed the body of Fahey, who was Gov. Thomas Carper's scheduling secretary, into a cooler and dumped it into the sea. Capano maintained, though, that another mistress accidentally shot Fahey in a jealous rage.

Defense lawyer Jack O'Donnell suggested Capano suffers from mental problems and asked that his life be spared.

But prosecutor Colm Connolly denounced Capano as "a black hole of evilness," telling jurors at trial that Capano thought he could get away with murder because of his political and legal connections.

Capano's trial divided his family. His brothers Gerard and Louis, who helped him dispose of evidence, testified against him, while his brother Joseph testified on his behalf.