Stephens to be sentenced for murdering Cpl. David McGuinn
A prisoner facing a possible death sentence for killing a correctional officer
at the now-closed House of Correction chose Monday to be sentenced by the jury
that took nearly 6 days to convict him of murder.
Lee Edward Stephens, 32, was convicted last week of fatally stabbing Cpl. David
McGuinn 42, as the correctional officer was taking a prisoner count on July 25,
2006. Anne Arundel County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for
Stephens, who was already serving life in prison plus additional years for
murder when McGuinn was slain.
Stephens could become the 1st person sentenced to death under the 2009 changes
to Maryland's death penalty law, which limited when prosecutors can seek a
death sentence. Jurors will return Monday to an Anne Arundel County courtroom
first to decide if Stephens meets the criteria to be considered eligible for a
death sentence before the rest of the sentencing proceeding begins.
A 2nd prisoner was also charged in McGuinn's slaying, and a hearing is
scheduled for April to determine if he is mentally competent to stand trial.
(source: Baltimore Sun)