A Memphis man has been sentenced to death for the murder of his girlfriend and her parents in 2012.
After a two hour deliberation, jurors sentenced 31-year-old Sedrick Clayton to death rather than life in prison. The same jury had already convicted Clayton of first degree murder on Saturday for the shooting death of 23-year-old Pashea Fisher and her parents in January of 2012.
Clayton had reportedly gotten into an argument with his girlfriend prior to the shooting. He shot Fisher at close range by the front door of her parents’ house and shot Arithio and Patricia Fisher in their bedroom.
Clayton reportedly fired a total of 12 shots during the rampage, hitting his victims with nine of them.
The jury also heard a 911 call in which Pashea is begging Clayton to not kill her parents.
The couple’s 4-year-old daughter was in the house the entire time and Clayton took the girl, Joydin, when he left.
Clayton ended up turning himself in to the police. The girl, now 6, was the key witnesses in the trial.
Clayton said that he began shooting out of fear after Arithio kicked him in the chest while he and Pashea were arguing. His defense attorney argued that the shooting was self-defense, to no avail.
Prior to the trial, Clayton offered to plead guilty and accept three consecutive life sentences but the District Attorney turned down his offer.
Prosecutor Jennifer Nichols said “three wonderful people lost their life in a single morning for absolutely no reason. He could have left the house at any time. He chose not to.”