Jury recommends death penalty for man convicted of killing Garfield Heights siblings

Convicted killer seen laughing during prosecutor’s closing arguments

Jury recommends death sentence for man who killed former girlfriend's children in front of her

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - After two days of deliberation, a jury recommended that Matthew Nicholson -- the man found guilty of killing the children of his then-girlfriend last September -- receive the death penalty.

Judge Tim McCormick will now make the final decision as to whether Nicholson will be put to death.

His fate will be decided during a sentencing hearing on Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 12:30 p.m.

After two days of deliberation, a jury recommended that Matthew Nicholson -- the man found guilty of killing the children of his then-girlfriend last September -- receive the death penalty. Coverage: https://bit.ly/2oJO38f

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Friday, October 18, 2019

Nicholson, 30, was found guilty on Oct. 11 for the murder of his then-girlfriend’s two children.

A jury returned the guilty verdict on charges that include two counts of aggravated murder, two counts of murder, two counts of felonious assault, and one count of attempted felonious assault.

Deliberations started on Thursday afternoon after closing arguments were given in the capital punishment phase.

Investigators say Nicholson shot 17-year-old Manuel Lopez and 19-year-old Giselle Lopez multiple times in front of their mother at their Garfield Heights home in September 2018.

This story will be updated.

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