DALLAS — Prosecutors say convicted killer Donald Newbury is a career criminal who was a disciplinary problem in prison. Defense attorneys say he is a caring family man who saved his wife and stepchildren from a life of crime and drugs.
On Monday, a jury was scheduled to hear closing arguments in the penalty phase of Newbury's capital murder trial. He faces the death penalty or life in prison.
The former escaped convict is one of seven violent felons accused in the killing of police officer Aubrey Hawkins, 29, during an armed robbery of a sporting goods store on Christmas Eve 2000. Hawkins was hit 11 times by bullets from five weapons and run over by his squad car.
Newbury, who declined to testify, was convicted in less than an hour Friday.