Quentin L. Smith faces a possible death sentence after a Franklin County jury convicted him Friday, Nov. 1, of purposely killing Westerville Division of Police officers Eric Joering and Anthony Morelli on Feb. 10, 2018.
The jury deliberated for three-and-a-half hours before finding Smith guilty of two counts of aggravated murder, along with specifications that the victims were on-duty officers and that he killed more than one person. Those specifications make Smith, 32, eligible for the death penalty when the jurors reconvene next week for the sentencing phase of the trial.
The jurors will return to the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas courtroom on Monday, Nov. 4, to begin hearing Smith’s attorneys present evidence of mitigating factors about their client, such as his upbringing and mental health, in an effort to convince the jury that a life sentence is most appropriate. The prosecution will submit evidence in an effort to refute the defense’s mitigation.
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