Jury Breaks For Weekend; Douglas Travis' Fate Not Decided
Posted June 8, 2001
HALIFAX COUNTY — A Halifax Jury will re-convene on Monday, to decide the fate of a convicted cop killer. The jury broke up Saturday night, after nine hours of deliberations failed to reach a decision.
On Wednesday, the jury convicted Douglas Travis in the 1999 murder of Enfield police officer Tonya Gillikin. Jurors are voting for either life in prison or the death penalty.
Prosecutors told the jury Friday that their decision will send a message to law enforcement, and that they appreciate the danger officers face on the job.
The defense told jurors that Travis is young, cares for his family and does not deserve death. Travis has denied any involvement in the incident.
The prosecution finished their closing arguments in about 45 minutes while the defense took about 30 minutes.