Friday, July 2, 2010


Elyria, Ohio (SafeCITY) – Neil Simpson, a 27-year-old murder convict who spit on a jury during trial, returned to court with mosquito netting around his head and a diaper on his face.

According to the Lorain Police Department, Simpson appeared in an Elyria court wearing the diaper after he spit on jury members in retaliation for finding him guilty of murder June 21.

Investigators say Simpson was convicted of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery, murder, felonious assault and tampering with evidence.

He was arrested in June 2007 after walking into a Pizza restaurant, murdering its owner and then fleeing with a handful of cash.

Deliberating for roughly four hours, the jury was charged with deciding whether Simpson should face the death penalty or life in prison.

Simpson reportedly told the judge he'd rather be executed then spend the rest of his life in jail.

"I have two ways that I prefer to be murdered, one is to be crucified in front of the courthouse for all to see it, for all the convicts throughout the world, and the other way would be to be stoned to death by the victim's family, to be make them feel better," said Simpson.

The jury ultimately decided to reject Simpson's request, recommending Monday that Simpson receive a sentence of life in prison - no charge for the diaper. The judge followed suit by sentencing Simpson to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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