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Final Testimony Due Thursday in Golphin Sentencing

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FAYETTEVILLE — An end is near in the sentencing trial of Tilmon and Kevin Golphin. Thursday, a psychologist is being cross-examined by the State. He is one of the last witnesses in the case.

That psychologist testified that Tilmon Golphin does not know how to resolve conflict in any way other than violence. In the 22 days that jurors in the case have been listening to testimony, they have already found the two brothers guilty on two counts of first degree murder, and several other charges. The brothers were convicted of killing State Trooper Ed Lowry and Cumberland County Deputy David Hathcock. Soon, they must decide if the brothers will live or die.

Winston-Salem psychologist Dr. John Warren testified that the brothers have similar psychological problems. Both, he says, were abused as children and both lack self-discipline. During cross-examination, Dr. told the jury that Tilmon Golphin thinks the killings were justified because his brother was sprayed with mace.

"He seemed not to understand the rage, the sorrow, the indignation, the law enforcement community and the community at large toward him and his brother. He seemed genuinely puzzled by that, because the way he saw it was as a threatening, difficult situation in which he just was doing what he had to do," Warren testified.

The defense was expected to wrap up its presentation Thursday afternoon. After that, there will be victim impact statements from relatives of Lowry and Hathcock.

Once the jury is given its instructions, the jury will begin deliberating the sentences. Those deliberations are expected to begin early next week.

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