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You might remember this story from last year, where 25-year old Steve Nelson murdered Arlington pastor Rev. Clint Dobson in a botched robbery.
Laura Dobson, widow of pastor Clint Dobson, told jurors in state District Judge Mike Thomas’ court Friday that she is still trying to recover from the loss of her husband and the future they had planned together.
“We always tried to see the good in people,” she told jurors. “I didn’t know this much evil existed in the world.”
The conflict between good and evil was never more apparent than during testimony Friday, when family and friends told jurors of the good works done by Clint Dobson, 28, pastor of NorthPointe Baptist Church.
Nelson, 25, of Arlington was convicted Monday of capital murder in the death of Dobson, who was beaten, bound and suffocated with a plastic bag during a robbery of the church building on March 3, 2011. Church secretary Judy Elliott was also beaten and left for dead but survived.
Today a Dallas jury sentenced this remorseless PoS to death for his crime:
Jurors sentenced Steven Nelson to death for smothering an Arlington pastor in his church last year.
The jury of eight men and four women deliberated for just 90 minutes after hearing a week of testimony in the punishment phase of the trial.
Nelson was convicted of capital murder Oct. 8, and the only thing left to decide was whether he would be condemned to die or spend the rest of his life in prison.
In closing arguments prosecutor Page Simpson held up photos of the victim to the jury.
“This is what the defendant has done,” she said, “Taken away a father, a family, plans for the future.”
Defense attorney Bill Ray used his closing arguments to speak on Nelson’s life.
“Every decision that’s ever been made for Steven Nelson has been the wrong one,” he said. “He was a train wreck waiting to happen.”
“We ask that you spare him,” defense attorney Steve Gordon said.
Emphasis mine. Notice that the shameless defense lawyer blames everything on “decisions that have been made for Steven Nelson…” As though Nelson never made any of those bad decisions on his own that led him to rob and murder that day.
Jurors also learned that Nelson is believed to be responsible for the hanging death of a mentally ill man, Johnathan Holden, 30, who was placed in a cell near him in the jail. Nelson has also been indicted on a charge that he assaulted a jailer.
Yeah…I’m sure the decision to hang a mentally ill man to death was made by someone else on Nelson’s behalf.
Bottom line is that Nelson is a sick, dangerous animal. And the humane thing to do is to put that animal down. Unfortunately, I’ll have to still be blogging for another 10-15 years if I intend to write a blog post about his pending execution.