Jury deliberates sentence for man convicted of killing 14-year-old Alianna DeFreeze

CLEVELAND-- A Cuyahoga County jury is deliberating whether to recommend the death penalty for convicted killer Christopher Whitaker.

Deliberations began around 3:15 p.m. on Thursday, following a second day of testimony in the sentencing phase of Whitaker's trial. Whitaker took the stand for the first time Thursday morning and apologized for his actions.

Reading from a prepared statement for less than two minutes, Whitaker appeared unemotional.

"I apologize to the family and community for my...

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