DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – A Morgan County jury has convicted Jordaan Creque of three counts of capital murder. The sentencing hearing is now underway.
The jury returned with the verdict just before 11:30 a.m. Creque was convicted in the Decatur Krystal murders that happened in August 2011.
The sentencing hearing began at 1 p.m. The judge explained to jurors the options are life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty.
Prosecutors will present evidence as to the nature of the crime and the character of Jordaan Creque. Prosecutors do not plan to call any new witnesses for the sentencing phase of the trial.
The defense is presenting jurors information about Creque’s past. Creque came to Decatur from Atlanta in 2010. In 2007, his father had died and his mother kicked him out, so Creque was on his own at age 17. The defense says Creque met a woman in Alabama and had a child.
The defense attorney contends a major incident occurred in 2011 that caused Creque to change. Prior to that, he was always considered a very mannerful person.
Defense attorneys called two deputies from the Morgan County Sheriff’s office who testified that Creque was always cooperative during his time in the Morgan County Jail. They said he always did as he was asked.
Then, they called a woman who testified about working at Amdec with Creque.
The jury began the second day of deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Friday. Jurors asked to hear the audiotape of Creque’s confession again as well as a videotape of a police interview of him.
WHNT News 19’s Beth Jett reports the judge removed everyone from the courtroom while the jury listened to the evidence.
The jury that decided Creque’s fate consisted of 12 women. Judge Glenn Thompson dismissed four alternate jurors on Thursday. He added an option of felony murder as a possible charge of which the the jury could convict Creque.
Police say Creque shot Jeffrey Graff and Jesse Aguilar to death. Graff and Aguilar were Krystal employees, and were opening the restaurant.
Cassandra Eldred and Ezekiel Gholston are also charged in the crime. They will be tried separately.