Jury deliberates in sentencing in Ohio triple slayings trial

FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, Douglas Shine Jr., center, stands with attorneys as a verdict is read in his trial at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in Cleveland. Shine was convicted on Nov. 4 of aggravated murder and other charges in a triple homicide at a suburban Cleveland barbershop. The sentencing phase of Shine's murder trial is scheduled to get underway Wednesday, Nov. 16, with defense attorneys laying out their case for why Shine should not die by lethal injection. (AP Photo/Mark Gillispie, File)
FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, file photo, Douglas Shine Jr., center, stands with attorneys as a verdict is read in his trial at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center in Cleveland. Shine was convicted on Nov. 4 of aggravated murder and other charges in a triple homicide at a suburban Cleveland barbershop. The sentencing phase of Shine's murder trial is scheduled to get underway Wednesday, Nov. 16, with defense attorneys laying out their case for why Shine should not die by lethal injection. (AP Photo/Mark Gillispie, File)

CLEVELAND (AP) — The jury that convicted a 21-year-old man of aggravated murder and other charges in a triple homicide at a suburban Cleveland barbershop has begun deliberating on whether to recommend the death penalty.

The sentencing phase of Douglas Shine Jr.’s murder trial began Wednesday with defense attorneys laying out their case for why Shine should not die by lethal injection. The jury began deliberations Friday.

If jurors recommend the death penalty, a Cuyahoga County Common Pleas judge will decide whether to impose that sentence or give Shine life in prison with no chance of parole.

Shine was convicted Nov. 4 of opening fire inside a Warrensville Heights barber shop in 2015, killing the owner, an employee and a customer. The jury also convicted Shine of conspiring to kill a witness.

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