Death penalty: 'Understand that nothing is going to happen soon'

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Angela McAnulty in court Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011.

EUGENE, Ore. - Angela McAnulty was stoic and the packed courtroom was silent Thursday as Judge Kip Leonard read off the jury's answers to three key questions:

First, did Angela McAnulty deliberately kill her 15-year-old daughter, Jeanette Maples by torturing her?


Second, is it likely McAnulty will re-offend?


Third, did McAnulty kill her daughter without provocation?


Those three affirmatives triggered a fourth and final question:

"Should the defendant receive the death sentence?" Judge Leonard read from the jury's verdict.

"The answer to that question," he told the court, "is yes."

McAnulty silently stared as she learned the jury sentenced her to death, very different from just days before when she wailed openly in the courtroom, begging attorneys to remove pictures of her daughter, Jeanette, from her view.

The 8 men and 4 women on the jury deliberated officially for six hours, but District Attorney Alex Gardner said that's just a fraction of the amount of time the jurors mulled over the testimony.

"These jurors have been thinking about this 24/7 for weeks and weeks," he said.

The judge and the attorneys  thanked the jurors for their service.

"I recognize that those of us who are in law enforcement sign up for this," Gardner said. "They didn't sign up for this, they were drafted and compelled to participate in jury service, and the fact that they stood up and did what was required of them is extraordinary, I think."

McAnulty's case heads to the Oregon Supreme Court on automatic appeal.    

"It is a hugely significant verdict," Gardner said, "but we should understand that nothing is going to happen soon."