Penalty phase for AL man convicted of MS murder

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Jurors who convicted an Alabama man of killing an 81-year-old woman in Mississippi have returned to court to consider whether he deserves to die.

WLBT-TV reports ( ) that the death penalty phase of James Hutto's trial began Monday.

Hutto, of Jasper, Ala., was convicted Saturday of capital murder of Ethel Simpson of Clinton. Her body was found Sept. 17, 2010, near Edwards. Prosecutors said Hutto lured her to casinos in Vicksburg and killed her in 2010.

Prosecutors were calling witnesses to describe aggravating factors, including a previous conviction in Alabama for sexual assault.

Judge Bill Gowan ejected Hutto from the courtroom twice during the trial's first six days.

Hutto was in court Monday.

He faces a murder charge in Birmingham for the September 2010 death of his 68-year-old great-aunt.


Information from: WLBT-TV,