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State rests case in sentencing phase of Earnest Daise trial

In the Lowcountry, it's now up to the defense to prove to jurors why Earnest Daise should not be put to death. In the Lowcountry, it's now up to the defense to prove to jurors why Earnest Daise should not be put to death.
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In the Lowcountry, it's now up to the defense to prove to jurors why Earnest Daise should not be put to death.

The state rested its case after calling in several witnesses Monday.

It was an emotional day in court for family members of Jeanine Mullen.

The majority of the testimony focused on Earnest Daise's criminal background, the 911 call that Frank Mullen made and Jeremiah's recovery after the murders.

Earnest Daise walked into the court the same way he normally does. Only this time, he's a convicted murderer.

The jury says he killed his girlfriend, Jeanine Mullen and her son, Waltfredo back in November of 2009.

Daise also shot their two and a half year old son, Jeremiah, but he survived.

Jeanine's younger sister broke down on the witness stand when talking about Jeanine and her son.

Several members of her family wept listening to the 911 call Frank Mullen made when he found their bodies.

The call lasted more than 15 minutes and jurors could hear Jeremiah crying in the background.

A family member and teacher testified that Jeremiah struggled to recover after the homicides and would wake up screaming from a nap at times.

The state brought in several witnesses from the Beaufort and Jasper County court systems to testify about Daise's extensive criminal background, dating back to 1998.

The sentencing phase will continue Tuesday morning with the defense presenting more witnesses.

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