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Jury to Debate Convicted Murderer's Fate Next Week

Posted June 29, 2007 4:42 p.m. EDT
Updated July 6, 2007 8:47 a.m. EDT

— The sentencing phase in the death-penalty trial for a Raleigh man convicted in a 2005 stabbing death is expected to continue next week.

Byron Waring was found guilty Thursday of first-degree murder in the Nov. 8, 2005, stabbing death of a 22-year-old Lauren Redman.

Police said Redman was raped and stabbed more than 20 times inside her Raleigh apartment.

Prosecutors said Waring and Joseph Sanderlin went to Redman's apartment to collect on a debt owned to her former roommate, George Sasser.

Sanderlin is charged with murder in the case, while Sasser is charged as an accessory after the fact.

In the first day of the sentencing phase of Waring's trial on Friday, prosecutors described Redman's brutal slaying, while the defense presented testimony that they hope will convince jurors to spare Waring's life.

No Wake County jury has handed down a death sentence since 2001.