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Jury recommends death sentence for Louisville man convicted in 1983 murder

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A Jefferson Circuit Court jury on Monday recommended the death sentence for Larry Lamont White for raping and killing a woman in 1983 - his third murder conviction.

It is the first time a Jefferson County jury has handed down the death penalty since 2005.

After being found guilty Friday of  raping and shooting Pamela Armstrong, White decided not to participate in the sentencing phase of his trial on Monday, refusing to come to the courtroom even after Judge James Shake personally went to speak with him.

And White, who has now been convicted of murdering three women in the summer of 1983, also told his attorneys he didn't want them to put on any defense in his sentencing.

White's attorneys, Mark Hall and Darren Wolff, told Judge Shake what types of mitigating evidence they were prepared to put forward, including that White was hit by car as child and may have suffered head injury and has a low IQ. Prosecutors asked for the death penalty.

After the recommended sentence, Hall and Wolff said they would appeal, in large part because prosecutors were allowed to tell jurors about the two previous murder convictions.

"We started off behind the eight ball," Hall said. "We had an uphill battle."

Wolff said they lost the case as soon as jurors saw evidence, including pictures, of the other murders.

"That's not something we could recover from," he said, adding, however, that because this is a death penalty case, it will get a thorough review from the Kentucky Supreme Court.

"This case will be back," Wolff said in an interview. " I guarantee you that."

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Mark Baker said the judge correctly allowed evidence of the previous murders, as it goes to White's method and patterns.

For Armstrong's three surviving children, "they had a long, long road to today," said Baker, who also said police performed a "Herculean" task by putting together such an old case, where memories and evidence have faded.

White was charged in 2007 after police secured DNA evidence linking him to Armstrong's death. He had been released from prison in 2001 after serving about a dozen years for the murder of Deborah Miles and Yolanda Sweeney.

Judge Shake will formally sentence White on Sept. 26.

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