It took more than 4 hours to seat a jury of 8 women and 5 men who will decide how Peggy Mina should be punished. She’s already admitted to her role in the murder of 72 year old Homer Carrender.
Peggy Mina told a Pulaski judge in March that she had a complicit role in Carrender’s death in November 2009. During opening statements Monday, prosecutors told jurors….she was with her nephew Rafael Robinson…when Robinson…beat him to death inside his Somerset apartment.
“He was beat about the head. He had several marks here, he had defensive wounds above his hands, a knife cut, he was ultimately stabbed in the chest. It was twisted around, and he died there. Mr Carrender fought, he didn’t go down easily,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy Montgomery told jurors Monday afternoon.
Robinson pleaded guilty and he was sentenced to life in prison last fall.Now prosecutors want the jury to give Mina..the same punishment.
“She’s as guilty as Rafael. She sent her nephew down there, she went Hardees afterwards, she had something to gain from this. They tried to hide the evidence,” said Mongtomery.
Jurors also saw graphic autopsy photos and they will hear from Robinson and Carrender’s sister, Christeen Black, who spoke to us after Mina pleaded guilty on March 30th.
“I think she deserves the maximum she can get, because my brother is not here with today and this is so sad, I’ve had to deal with this a lot,” Black said after Mina admitted her guilt on March 30th.
The sentencing phase could take 3 days, and all options are on the table except for the death penalty. Mina’s attorneys chose not to give an opening statement but they have argued that they don’t think Mina was physically present when Carrender was killed.