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Convicted Toll Booth Murderer Tells Jury To Flip Coin To Decide Fate

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MARTINEZ (CBS/AP) — The man convicted of killing two people at a San Francisco Bay area toll plaza says he doesn’t care if he gets the death penalty or life in prison and has suggested jurors deciding his fate flip a coin.

Nathan Burris made the comments during a hearing on Thursday in the penalty phase of his trial.

The 49-year-old Burris was convicted earlier in the week of fatally shooting Deborah Ross and her friend, Ersie Everette III, at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza in 2009.

Prosecutors say Burris thought they were romantically involved.

He had previously been in a relationship with Ross.

Burris represented himself during the trial, telling jurors he was guilty and urging them to convict him quickly so he could see “Monday Night Football” at the jailhouse.

Testimony in the penalty phase is set to resume Tuesday.

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