Bank Slayings

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The former girlfriend of a man convicted in the shooting deaths of five people in a Norfolk bank testified she had been threatened with death if she gave information to police.

Cortney Barritt said on the stand Thursday in the sentencing trial of Jorge Galindo. Galindo was found guilty Wednesday of five counts of first-degree murder in the September 2002 deaths of four employees and a customer at the US Bank branch in Norfolk.

If the Madison County jury decides Galindo's role in the deaths warrant the death penalty, a three-judge panel with decide whether he should be electrocuted or sentenced to life in prison.

Barritt was called to testify about Galindo's alleged involvement in the killing of 19-year-old Travis Lundell in August 2002. That would establish a pattern of violent behavior, which is one of five aggravating circumstance prosecutors are trying to prove in seeking the death penalty against Galindo.


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