- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - A jury will hear arguments and more evidence Tuesday as the death penalty phase of a trial starts for a Pennsylvania man found guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his estranged girlfriend.

The Washington County jury on Monday took just 75 minutes to find 26-year-old Jordan Clemons, of Pittsburgh, guilty of first-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Karissa Kunco.

Prosecutors say Clemons slashed the woman’s throat so deeply the knife hit her spine.

Now Clemons will be seeking mercy from the same jury who heard that grisly evidence.

Kunco’s body was found in a wooded area of Mount Pleasant Township in January 2012 a day after Kunco’s family reported her missing.

Clemons’ defense attorney has argued he was acting irrationally and didn’t plan to kill Kunco.

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