- Associated Press - Thursday, October 9, 2014

YORK, Pa. (AP) - A south-central Pennsylvania jury must now decide whether a man convicted in the shooting death of a woman 4½ years ago should be executed or spend the rest of his life in prison.

Jurors in York County convicted 41-year-old Timothy Jacoby of first-degree murder on Wednesday in the March 2010 slaying of 55-year-old Monica Schmeyer.

Prosecutors said they believed she was killed in a botched robbery. Jacoby was also convicted of burglary, robbery and evidence tampering.

Jurors on Thursday heard testimony from relatives and friends that the defendant had a normal upbringing, got good grades and served in the Air Force.

Prosecutors argue that Jacoby deserves the death penalty because the murder was committed during another felony. Defense attorneys cite lack of a violent criminal record.

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