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Christopher Vasata faces death penalty in Jupiter triple murder

Posted at 8:00 PM, Jun 25, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The sentencing phase will resume Thursday morning for a man convicted of murdering three people during a Super Bowl party in Jupiter in 2017.

26-year-old Christopher Vasata faces the death penalty after jurors convicted him last week of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, and grand theft auto.

Those same jurors heard testimony from Vasata's family and friends on Wednesday who spoke about his character and morals. Court ended for the day around 2:30 p.m.

Testimony will resume Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. Judge Joseph Marx said he expects closing arguments to begin around 1 p.m., followed by jury deliberations around 2 p.m. Jurors will determine if Vasata should get the death penalty or life in prison.

Prosecutors said Vasata gunned down 20-year-old Kelli Doherty, 24-year-old Brandi El-Salhy, and 25-year-old Sean Henry at a Super Bowl party on Mohawk Street on Feb. 5, 2017.



A trial date has not been set yet for a second man charged in the triple killing, 26-year-old Marcus Steward.