Convicted cop killer testifies during penalty phase of his trial

Grover Cannon tells jurors they made “a big mistake convicting the wrong man” on circumstantial evidence alone

Cop killer Grover Cannon tells jurors they made “a big mistake convicting the wrong man"
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The first day of testimony in the penalty phase of convicted cop killer Grover Cannon’s trial has ended.

The Caddo District Court hearing has recessed and is expected to resume Friday morning.

Again against his attorneys’ advice, Cannon took the witness stand Thursday afternoon and told jurors they made “a big mistake convicting the wrong man” on circumstantial evidence alone.

Those jurors on Wednesday found him guilty of first-degree murder for gunning down Shreveport police Officer Thomas LaValley in 2015.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.

Cannon will be sentenced to death only if the 12 jurors unanimously vote in favor of the death penalty.

Cannon’s lawyers are presenting mitigating evidence to the jury Thursday. This isn’t testimony justifying the murder — but things that the jury may consider in deciding against the death penalty. Things such as any extreme childhood abuse, mental instability or drugs would be discussed at this time.

KSLA News 12′s Stacey Cameron is tracking today’s proceedings:

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