The Associated Press
PENSACOLA, Fla.- A man with a history of mental illness was convicted of murder after testifying he shot a retired policeman because he believed the University of Alabama "A" on the victim's baseball cap signified he was the Antichrist.The jury Thursday also convicted Ryan Thomas Green, 22, of attempting to murder a second man. Green had pleaded insanity.
The jurors returned Friday to hear testimony on whether Green should be sentenced to death or life without parole.
Retired Pensacola Sgt. James Hallman, 59, was shot to death while taking a walk in 2003. Housepainter Christopher Phipps was wounded and is now in a wheelchair.
Green testified that a talking bull, religious signs, colors and symbols led him to shoot the two men.
But prosecutors argued that Green was sane and that he shot the retired officer because he wanted to steal his car and gun. They said he shot Hallman because the victim had witnessed Green shooting a bull in a pasture.
Green's trial was delayed more than a year after he was declared mentally incompetent. He later was found competent for trial after undergoing treatment.