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Penalty trial opens for police officer's killer

HOUSTON (AP) - Testimony resumes in Houston as prosecutors seek the death penalty for a 23-year-old man convicted of capital murder in the Christmas Eve killings two years ago of a Houston-area police officer and an auto body shop owner.

The punishment phase begins Monday in a state district court in the trial of Harlem Lewis III. The Harris County jury found Lewis guilty of capital murder Friday in the deaths of Bellaire officer Jimmie Norman and auto body shop owner Terry Taylor.

Prosecutors say Norman had stopped Lewis for a traffic violation, got into a struggle with him and was shot. Authorities say Taylor was shot when he tried to help Norman.

Jurors can now sentence Lewis to life in prison without parole or death by lethal injection.

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