MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT) - Jordaan Creque apologized to the families from the August, 2011 robbery and murder of two Krystal restaurant employees. Creque took the witness stand Monday afternoon during the sentencing phase of his capital murder trial. Creque was convicted on three counts of capital murder Friday morning, with the sentencing phase of his trial beginning that afternoon.
Creque now faces the death penalty in the case, if the judge follows the jury's recommendation.
"I know there's nothing I can say or do to bring any kind of relief that would comfort you," Creque told the victims' families in open court. "I just wanted to say I'm sorry for the lives that have been taken from you. I'm sorry for my actions and participation in such an event."
Creque also apologized to the jury for having to devote so much of their time to hear the case.
Testimony resumed late Monday morning as defense attorneys continued calling character and expert witnesses to the stand in an effort to sway the jury to recommend life in prison instead of the death penalty. Under Alabama law, the judge is not required to follow the jury's recommended sentence.
Attorneys spent much of the morning in a closed session, outside the presence of the jury, in which several recorded telephone calls between Creque and his mother were played. Testimony Friday afternoon from Cherry Dobson, a litigation investigator who has spent approximately a year and a half researching Creque's past, indicated Creque was the victim of a dysfunctional home life as a child, and that his mother often berated him, calling him stupid and retarded, and had even enlisted him to help her obtain illegal drugs.
However, Morgan County District Attorney Scott Anderson says in light of the testimony, a check was made of jail records over the weekend and several recorded telephone calls were produced. He says these calls paint an entirely different picture of the relationship between Creque and his mother.
Three of the 15-minute calls were played for the jury Monday afternoon. In the calls, Creque's mother repeatedly told him she loved him, that he was a good person and that he had the continuing support of his friends and family.