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Sentencing Phase Continues for Man Found Guilty in Park Murders

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Both sides are back in a Tulsa County courtroom for a man found guilty of killing an Oral Roberts University student and her boyfriend in 2011.

Sentencing continues for Darren Price Wednesday morning. Earlier this week he was found guilty on all 5 charges against him which included 2 counts of felony murder, 2 counts of robbery with a firearm and 1 of eluding an officer.

KTUL has learned that jurors heard from Price's ex-girlfriends who spoke about his violent behavior towards her. One testified that he kicked her in the stomach while she was pregnant with is child. Another testified that he beat her in 2009 and he plead guilty to assault and battery charges. The mother of his child said that he seemed to grow for the better later on, and she visited him in jail.

The parents of murder victims Ethan Nichols and Carrisa Horton read statements to the jury. Nichols' mother tearfully shared that she finds memories of Ethan to be painful, because she misses him so much. Horton's mother said that she has cried, "buckets of tears," and both families have also endured financial hardships since their children's passing. Horton's father asked jurors to consider the death penalty. Many jurors cried as they listened to the emotional testimony.

Price's attorney has begun calling witnesses in the sentencing hearing. Price's mother testified that her son had a rough upbringing He grew up in many different homes, in the custody of different people. She said he witnessed a great deal of physical violence. 

During proceedings on Tuesday jurors sentenced Price to a total of 45 years in possession of a firearm after one previous conviction and eluding an officer after two previous convictions. He was also ordered to pay a total $20,000 fine.

District Attorney Tim Harris had asked the jury to consider the two previous convictions for kidnapping and aggressive assault and battery. Those were out of Cherokee County.

Previous reports stated that a young couple was jogging in the evening at Hicks Park in 2011. Prosecutors said that Price and Jerard Davis shot and killed them before stealing their cell phones and car.


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