LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Although Levi King pleaded guilty on Thursday, a unitary trial continued as both sides argued for the punishment phase.
King, 26, admitted to killing three people in Pampa, just hours after killing two people in Missouri. He also pleaded guilty to those murders and was sentenced to two life sentences.
Despite King pleading guilty to all three counts of capital murder for the Pampa slayings, he still faces the death penalty.
In opening statements, the prosecution took the jury back to that day in Pampa in September of 2005. The Gray County District Attorney told the jury that then 23-year-old King entered a farmhouse off of Interstate 70. Inside the home was Michell and Brian Conrad and Michell's two kids, 14-year-old Zach Doan and 10-year-old Robin Doan.
The prosecution told jurors King entered the home, dressed in black carrying an AK47, he fired three rounds at Brian, five rounds at Michell, and three at Zach, killing all three as well as Michell's unborn child. King fired a round at Robin and missed, but the 10-year-old pretended to be dead. King even shot the family dog, Molly. Once King left the house Robin called 911.
In the defense's opening statements, they argued King grew up very troubled, raised in poverty, and constantly surrounded by guns and drugs. The AK47 he used for the murders was his father's.
King dropped out of school at age 15, and eventually his parents gave up custody of him. At age 20, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and right before the killings he was in jail for two years for burglary and arson. The defense stated that King is not the same man he was and that his life should be spared.
Thursday the prosecution has called four witnesses all from law enforcement, and jurors have seen photos from the Pampa crime scene. Court will reconvene Friday at 8 a.m.
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Capital murder trial resumes, King pleads guilty on all counts
The Lubbock trial of a Missouri man began this morning, and Levi King has pleaded guilty to capital murder for killing three people in Pampa in 2005.