Jury begins deliberations in Jesup killing case

JESUP, Ga. (AP) - A jury has begun deliberating on whether a Georgia man will live or die for the 2007 killing of a former district attorney.

The Jesup jury began meeting Saturday afternoon after hearing testimony Thursday and Friday in the sentencing phase of the case against Bobby "Rex" Stribling.

The jury convicted the 49-year-old of malice murder Wednesday for the brutal beating that killed Glenn Thomas Jr.

Georgia law requires the jury to sentence Stribling to death or life without parole.

Police say Stribling repeatedly struck the 74-year-old Thomas in the head during a lunchtime robbery at his law office in downtown Jesup.

Thomas died two weeks later in a Savannah hospital without ever regaining consciousness.

Thomas served 30 years as district attorney for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit until he retired in 1996.

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