Death for killer of Jamie

By Johnny Johnson Modified: March 8, 2008 at 9:13 am •  Published: March 8, 2008
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"H
e killed a 10-year-old child, and everyone's telling us he'd do it again if he could.”

Caswell said that in a desperate attempt to save their client's life, defense attorneys mentioned facts, including:

•The teasing Underwood took as a child.

•He has family and friends who love him.

•That he wouldn't be around children in prison.

Those factors combined can't compare to the continuing danger Underwood poses and the heinous, atrocious and cruel nature of the crime, she argued.

Through the trial, his attorneys never disputed he killed the girl, but their argument was that he was a "disturbed and troubled” man who suffered from several mental illnesses.

He said the state's reason for imposing the death penalty — retribution — "sounds a lot like revenge.”

District Attorney Greg Mashburn reminded jurors of their previous pledge to be able to consider the death penalty and added that there was no better place to apply it than this case.

He said he did not blame defense attorneys for trying what he called desperate measures.

Mashburn agued that some might think life without parole would be a better punishment, because the convicted killer would have to sit there and think about what he did. But for Underwood, Mashburn said, those thoughts only fuel his twisted fantasies.

"The only way to stop Jamie Bolin from being repeatedly raped, abused and molested in his mind is to turn it off,” the district attorney told jurors.

Jamie's family waited anxiously for a verdict through the evening.

They all wore red and green ribbons representing Jamie's middle name and her favorite color.

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