Jury deliberating sentence for teen who pleaded guilty to murder




Posted on May 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Updated Thursday, May 3 at 5:41 PM

FORT WORTH --After another  emotional day in the Eric Forrester murder trial, a jury is now deciding the sentence for the man who confessed in the killing of the the 17-year-old.

Broderick Patterson, 18, pleaded guilty to his role in the murder of honor student Eric Forrester. He is trying to avoid a life sentence, blaming his co-defendant Clifton Elliott for pulling the trigger during an interrupted house burglary.

Thursday those in the courtroom heard from Broderick  Patterson's mother, Wynette Perrin.

She told the jury her older son Breon Patterson was a classmate of Forrester. She said she also felt like a victim because her son is in jail and faces life in prison. He was 16-years-old when he was arrested.

Perrin asked the jury to spare him from a life sentence.

Prosecutors said Patterson was a gang member whose crimes escalated from burglary to assault of a special needs student and then robbery and murder.

Attorney Robert Huseman called Patterson "evil."

The Forrester family has been in court all week, hearing testimony about how the 17-year-old honor student was killed.

The jury started deliberations just before 2 p.m. Thursday.

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