Widow expected to speak in death-penalty case

DETROIT (AP) -- The widow of a slain armored-truck courier is expected to testify this week as a federal jury in Detroit decides whether to order a death sentence for a convicted killer.

Prosecutors say several relatives are likely to speak as victim-witnesses, including Robin Stephens. They can't express an opinion on the death penalty.

Timothy O'Reilly was found guilty last week of killing Norman Stephens at a Dearborn credit union in 2001. Norman Stephens was putting cash into ATMs during the robbery.

The death penalty can be pursued in some crimes prosecuted in federal court. O'Reilly's lawyers will introduce evidence to try to persuade jurors to choose a life sentence.

A judge last Thursday said the defense can show how a man was never charged despite flunking an FBI lie-detector test.

Published: Mon, Aug 9, 2010