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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Justin Hurd's mother, Kimberly Mitchell is sworn in before her testimony at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    A photo of Justin Hurd as an infant is displayed on a monitor as Hurd's mother Kimberly Mitchell testifies in at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Wednesday, March 5, 2014.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Defendant Justin Hurd listens to testimony at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Wednesday, March 5, 2014 during the sentencing phase of his murder trial.
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    Assistant District Attorney Clayton Jones addresses the jury at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Wednesday, March 5, 2014 during the sentencing phase of the Justin Hurd murder trial.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Jail detention officer James Ivey testifies at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Wednesday, March 5, 2014 during the sentencing phase of the murder trial.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Tanya Currie-Richards testifies at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Wednesday, March 5, 2014 during the sentencing phase for Justin Hurd's murder trial. Currie-Richards worked as a teacher, tutoring Hurd while he was jailed.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Justin Hurd's uncle, Timothy Pope is sworn in at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Wednesday, March 5, 2014 during the sentencing phase of the murder trial.
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    TODD SUMLIN - tsumlin@charlotteobserver.com
    Judge Robert Ervin speaks to attorneys at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse Wednesday, March 5, 2014 during the sentencing phase of the Hurd murder trial.
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