Jury to Decide Life or Death Thursday

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A jury in Northampton County is set to deliberate the fate of cop killer George Hitcho Junior of Freemansburg.

The last bit of testimony in the death penalty phase was heard Wednesday in Easton.

Now it is up to a Northampton County jury to decide life in prison or the death penalty.

The jury will hear closing arguments Thursday morning and then will start deliberating whether Hitcho should get the death penalty.

Last week, that same jury convicted Hitcho of murdering Freemansburg Police Officer Robert Lasso in August outside Hitcho's home near Bethlehem.

Lasso was called to the home for a dispute between Hitcho and a neighbor.

At the courthouse in Easton, the final defense witnesses included a forensic pathologist who testified about what he found in Hitcho's medical records.

The pathologist believes Hitcho suffered brain damage from head injuries caused by various motorcycle accidents.

He testified the brain damage led Hitcho to become paranoid and shoot officer Lasso.

Other defense testimony came from friends of Hitcho who told the jury he is a good friend.

Closing arguments start at 9 a.m. at the Northampton County Courthouse in Easton.

Then the jury will start deciding if Hitcho should be sentenced to death.