Sentencing phase underway in Brian Engleton murder trial

Sentencing phase underway in Brian Engleton murder trial
Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 6:03pm

Thursday was the start of the sentencing phase in the Brian Engleton murder trial.

On Wednesday, a jury found Engleton guilty of murder in the death of his wife Deidre Engleton in June, 2011.

Brian Engleton's defense called several witnesses to the stand Thursday. Many of them were former clients of Brian Engleton, who used to work as a computer technician.

Much of the day focused on surveillance video captured two days before the murder outside of Player's Lounge in Northeast El Paso. The video shows Brian and his wife, Deidre having a conversation. There is no audio, but it appears to turn into an argument that lasted more than an hour.

The owner of Player's Lounge testified that he was talking to Brian inside the bar on the evening of June 14, 2011 when Deidre walked in wanting to talk to her husband. He said Brian took it outside to avoid making a scene.

Witnesses said Brian suspected his wife was cheating on him.

Some of the witnesses called by the defense Thursday described Brian Engleton as "very friendly" and as "a good person."

About a handful of those witnesses asked the jury to sentence Brian Engleton to the minimum of five years in prison. Brian faces up to 99 years.

There were no major outbursts from Brian Engleton Thursday. The judge removed him from the courtroom Wednesday because he repeatedly spoke aloud during the trial.

On Thursday, Brian was writing on orange post-it notes that he passed to his lawyers throughout the day.

The trial will resume on Monday. That is when Brian Engleton is expected to testify.

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