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September 29, 2015

DAILYKENN.com -- Three people ranging in age from 3 to 78 were killed in a 2014 fire in southwestern Indiana. That arson led to the conviction of Christopher Compton.

Compton was found guilty but mentally ill and faces life in prison without parole.

Reports say defense attorney Jon Schaefer told the jury that Compton was either "a cold, calculated murderer or a mentally retarded drunk."

The predatory left argues against the empirical evidence that a substantial IQ average disparity exists between the black and white Americans. The exception is when black killers are tried for murder.

Dead are Keri Jones, 28, her daughter Jazmine Jones, 3, and her grandfather, 76-year-old Donald Lankford.

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Christopher Compton was found guilty but mentally ill of murder on Monday after starting a 2014 fire that killed three people, including a 3-year-old girl.

He was convicted of three counts of murder. Vanderburgh County Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann will argue for life without parole when the jury reconvenes at 9 a.m. Tuesday to decide a sentencing recommendation.

Keri Jones, 28, her daughter Jazmine Jones, 3, and her grandfather, 76-year-old Donald Lankford, were killed in the March 17, 2014, fire of an apartment building on West Franklin Street.

Hermann said Superior Court Judge Robert Pigman could also choose to sentence Compton to a term of 45 to 195 years. Compton chose not to testify on his own behalf Monday. The jury deliberated about 75 minutes before reaching a verdict.

"I feel wonderful. I think we got justice. I think my family is going to be able to be at peace now," said Donna Collins, aunt of Keri Jones.

Indiana law dictates that people found guilty but mentally ill should be sentenced the same as if found guilty, but can be evaluated and recommended for treatment at the Department of Corrections.

That is different than a verdict of not responsible by reason of insanity, which is what defense attorneys Stephen Owens and Jon Schaefer sought.

After several hours of questioning by Evansville Police Department detectives in the hours after the fire, Compton admitted he used his lighter to set fire to a sleeve of his jacket, which he left in the apartment's entrance way.

"Christopher Compton lit this fire intentionally. He told you he did," said Prosecutor Nicholas Hermann during closing arguments on Monday.

Removing Compton's lighter from an envelope, he set it down forcefully on the lectern.

"There's your murder weapon," he said.

Throughout much of his police questioning, Compton said he had discarded a smoked cigar in the entrance. At first he said it was two cigars during the time he was there but then changed his story to one cigar.

Defense attorneys argued that Compton was not guilty by reason of insanity, suffering from low intelligence, substance abuse and multiple mental health problems that added up to that conclusion.

Schaefer told the jury the case boiled down to two possible conclusions: that Compton was either "a cold, calculated murderer or a mentally retarded drunk."



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