Jury Chooses Death For Roger Thorson

A Harrison County jury decided Saturday that Roger Thorson will receive the death penalty for killing his ex-girlfriend in 1987. The same jury found Thorson guilty of murder Friday.

Saturday morning, the jury returned to court and after deliberating for an hour and 45 minutes, returned with the death sentence. Thorson's execution date has been set for July 27, 2002, but appeals are expected.

During the trial, prosecutors presented DNA evidence linking Thorson to the crime, and played a tape of Thorson confessing to killing Gloria McKinney.

This was Thorson's fourth trial. Two ended in mistrials and in a third, he was found guilty, but it was thrown out by the state supreme court.