Fri 11:35am: Mann takes stand as murder trial penalty phase

WARREN Testimony wrapped up this morning in the mitigation phase of the Louis Mann murder trial, with Mann himself telling jurors that before he killed his parents, he was a druggie, a loser, and a bad father.

The jury of eight men and four women will return Monday morning to the courtroom of Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge W. Wyatt McKay to hear closing arguments. Then they will decide whether to recommend that Mann receive the death penalty, life in prison without parole or parole possibility after 25 to 30 years.

The same jury convicted Mann last week of strangling his mother, Frances M. Mann, 53, and beating to death and shooting his father, Philip J. Mann Sr., 59, on Sept. 30, 2011.

This morning, Mann gave an unsworn statement, which means he spoke directly to jurors without opening himself up to cross-examination by prosecutors. He said such things as, “I’m sorry,” “I live with it every day” and “I’m now a convicted killer.”

He also said he still might be in shock over the killings, and that he never intended to kill his parents in an effort to rob them.

Testimony on Mann’s behalf this morning also came from jail chaplain John Russell.

Rebuttal testimony this morning included Philip Mann Jr., Louis Mann’s half-brother.

On Thursday, Mann’s attorneys put Dr. Howard Fradkin, a renowned expert on male survivors of sexual abuse, and Dr. Bob Stinson, a forensic psychologist, on the stand in hopes of convincing jurors to spare Mann’s life.

Read the full story of today’s court testimony in the Saturday Tribune Chronicle.