Jurors to mull death penalty in Pa. slayings of 12

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jurors return to federal court in Philadelphia on Tuesday to hear arguments and evidence on whether a drug dealer convicted in the slayings of a dozen people should be sentenced to death or to life in prison without possibility of parole.

Thirty-eight-year-old Kaboni Savage was convicted last week in the slayings, including a 2004 firebombing that killed six relatives of a man planning to testify against him. Court officials said penalty phase proceedings scheduled for Monday would be delayed a day.

Authorities said that although Savage has mostly been in prison since 2003, he gave orders through phone calls and prison visits and communicated with other inmates through prison plumbing pipes.

The former boxer who has denied any role in the attacks. He is serving a 30-year drug trafficking sentence.

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