Jury to determine fate of man convicted of murdering brother, nephew
Christopher Licon (Source: KPHO/KTVK)
Angel Jaquez, 27, and 6-year-old Xavier Daniel Jaquez were shot to death. (Source: KPHO/KTVK file photo)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -
The fate of convicted double murderer Christopher Licon will soon rest in the hands of jurors who have already found him guilty of the brutal killings of his older brother and 6-year-old nephew.
It was a crime that shocked the Valley five years ago when 6-year-old Xavier Jaquez was found shot execution style in an alleyway behind his mother’s West Valley home. The boy’s father, Angel Jaquez, was found shot to death in his south Phoenix home.
Police soon arrested Angel Jaquez’s brother and Xavier Jaquez’s uncle, the then-19-year-old Christopher Licon, and charged him with the grisly murders.
For the last seven months, Licon has been on trial in high-profile case. Jurors have already found Licon guilty of second-degree murder for the killing of his brother and guilty of first-degree murder for the killing of his 6-year-old nephew.
On Monday in the courtroom of Judge Sherry Stephens, lawyers presented their closing arguments in the penalty phase of the marathon trial.
Defense attorney James Wilson reminded jurors of evidence and testimony, indicating that Licon was mentally ill and suffering a “psychotic break” at the time of the killings.
Prosecutor Laura Reckhart countered by reminding jurors of the age of the young victim, calling the killing of a child a most “repugnant crime” and encouraging jurors to come back with a death sentence.
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