Jury Decides Punishment in Olsen Trial

UPDATE: The jury has reached a verdict in the punishment phase of the Christian Olsen trial. That verdict though has yet to be announced. Stay tuned to KBTX.com for the latest.

Tuesday, Christian Olsen could learn whether he gets life in prison or death for murdering his 68-year-old neighbor.

Both the state and defense wrapped up their portions of the punishment phase in the capital murder trial Monday evening.

Testimony during the day included a psychiatrist who said Olsen lacked a conscious, and could present a danger to inmates and jail staff if put in the regular prison population.

For the most comprehensive coverage of this capital murder trial, check out the live blog section of KBTX.com as Steve Fullhart provides up-to-the-second updates on the proceedings. You'll also find extended video clips and all the headlines from this trial.

Dr. Richard Coons examined records relating to Olsen, including psychological examinations done before and after his arrest for murder. He said Olsen was a likely sufferer of Antisocial Personality Disorder (see link below), which Coons said was more politically correct terminology for a psychopath.

Coons said a person like Olsen would be safer in a death row situation given his past propensity for criminal activity, including theft, and lying. Olsen is also easily influenced, Coons noted.

Also testifying Monday was an expert on prison life, along with a former friend of Olsen who described him as having lied before and stolen money from the billiards' club they were in together.

Jurors will hear closing arguments from both sides Tuesday morning, then begin deliberations.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for the 21-year-old.

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