Sentencing phase begins in SC death penalty trial

ANDERSON, S.C. (AP) - Prosecutors are presenting evidence to try and convince a jury to give a death sentence to a man who killed two South Carolina woman after charming his way into their homes.

The sentencing phase of Raymondeze Rivera's trial began Monday in Anderson County.

The same jury took 10 minutes Friday to find Rivera guilty of murder in the December 2006 strangling of Kwana Burns .

Rivera is already serving a life sentence for strangling Asha Wiley. She was killed two days before Burns was found dead.

Rivera says he was an agent sent to kill Burns and then killed Wiley because she could identify him.

Rivera's attorney argued in his opening statement that Rivera's grandmother beat him with her fists when he was a child.

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