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Reed sentenced to death for triple murder over XBox

Posted: Updated: Oct 3, 2013 01:58 PM CDT
Marcus Donte Reed (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office) Marcus Donte Reed (Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
18-year-old Jarquis Adams, 20-year-old Jeremiah Adams, and 13-year-old Gene Adams were all shot to death in their car as they pulled into the Keithville driveway of Marcus Donte Reed's girlfriend's driveway in Keithville in August 2010. 18-year-old Jarquis Adams, 20-year-old Jeremiah Adams, and 13-year-old Gene Adams were all shot to death in their car as they pulled into the Keithville driveway of Marcus Donte Reed's girlfriend's driveway in Keithville in August 2010.
Reed was waiting in the woods near the driveway of his girlfriend's Keithville home for the three brothers he believed had burglarized her home, and riddling the car with bullets when they arrived. Reed was waiting in the woods near the driveway of his girlfriend's Keithville home for the three brothers he believed had burglarized her home, and riddling the car with bullets when they arrived.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

It's death for Marcus Donte Reed, convicted of gunning down three brothers he claimed to have suspected in the burglary of his girlfriend's home.

Reed, 34, was convicted Tuesday on 3 counts of first degree murder in the deaths of 18-year-old Jarquis Adams, 20-year-old Jeremiah Adams, and 13-year-old Gene Adams.

The brothers were shot and killed on the night of August 17, 2010 as they pulled into the driveway of Reed's girlfriend's home in Keithville.

Prosecutors convinced the jury that Reed was hiding in the woods near his girlfriend's house armed with an SKS assault rifle, opening fire on the brothers as they pulled into the driveway.

At the time, investigators said that Reed mistakenly thought that the brothers were responsible for stealing a video game system and burglarized his girlfriend's home.

Defense attorneys had asked the jury to spare Reed's life and send him to prison for life instead.

During the trial, prosecutors argued that the attack wasn't just a shooting, but a brutal massacre. Tuesday's testimony included a forensic pathologist who says the victims were shot several times each with a high-powered weapon, showing the jurors graphic photos of the victims' injuries. They also brought in SPD Detective Rod Demery to testify about a previous shooting Reed had been involved in that had been sparked by road rage.

After the prosecution rested its case in the sentencing phase on Wednesday, the defense team began calling Reed's family members to the stand to reveal the humanity of the man whose life or death will be determined by them. Reed could be seen wiping tears from his face while listening to his children and other relatives testify on his behalf. Some of them literally asked the jury to spare his life. Defense attorney Jay Florence asked Reed's son if he had anything to say to his father, the young boy replied softly, "I love you."

The victim's great aunt, Clara Morgan, who helped raise the young men, took the stand Wednesday afternoon and told jurors,"Those boys weren't perfect, but they were good boys."

When asked by the prosecution what she would like the jury to know, Morgan replied "I wish that no other parent has to go through what I've gone through."

On Thursday morning, prosecutors also called Reed "loathsome" for allowing his kids to testify on his behalf during the penalty phase, saying he used them. They went on to make an impassioned plea for death, crying while referencing the youngest victim, 13-year-old Gene Adams.

In response, Reed's defense attorney told the jury that they only want vengeance, pounding the podium and yelling, "Death, death, death!"

A death sentence requires a unanimous decision by all jurors. They began deliberating shortly after 11 a.m., and returned with the death sentence just before 1:30 p.m.

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