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Sentencing phase underway in Nisbett murder trial

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The sentencing phase of the Rex Nisbett murder trial is underway. Late Wednesday night the jury handed down a guilty verdict.

The sentencing phase hearing is when every misdeed a defendant has made is aired out.

The incidents are not admissible during the trial but can be used to argue for a tough prison sentence.

For Rex Nisbett, the morning began with court officials taken new finger prints from the convicted murderer. It was done in order to compare with an old misdemeanor case -- a fight with another man.

A probation officer testified that in 1992, Nisbett was placed on 18 months probation it was later expanded when he failed a drug test for cocaine use.

A Harris County deputy also told the jury he arrested Nisbett for assault two years ago, but said Nisbett was not formally charged.

Prosecutors offered Rex Nisbett a deal, a 15 year sentence in exchange for the location of Vicki’s body. He turned it down.

The sentencing range is 5 to 99 years and he will be eligible for parole.

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