PASCO, WA-Prosecutors have called their remaining witnesses in the sentencing trial of a man convicted of manslaughter.
Delonde Pleasant pleaded guilty to the beating death of his girlfriend. He has spent the past nine years in prison, but two years ago an appeals court overturned the judge's 25-year prison term. The appellate court ruled a jury must deliberate whether the circumstances surrounding the death merit extending the standard manslaughter sentence of six to eight years.
On Monday morning, the first police officer who responded to the domestic violence call told jurors he saw Juanita Montelongo lying on the floor with the couple's young child crying nearby.
Officer Raul Cavazos says Pleasant didn't appear to be drunk when he arrested him.
The defense claims Pleasant beat Montelongo during an alcohol-induced blackout, and acted spontaneously.
Prosecutors contend Pleasant "deliberately and cruelly" beat the woman.
Prosecutors had planned to call to the witness stand Pleasant's brother, who was at the home when police arrived. But the prosecutor says Randy Pleasant has evaded subpoenas.
The jury of eight women and four men is expected to begin deliberations later this week.