Punishment Phase Continues in Dallas Drowning Trial

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    The man convicted of drowning his two sons says he no longer wishes to take the stand to in his own defense. (Published Wednesday, May 22, 2013)

    The punishment phase in the trial of a Dallas man convicted of drowning two of his children is expected to come to a conclusion Thursday.

    Naim Muhammad was found guilty last week of drowning his two sons, ages 5 and 3. Since his conviction, the jury has been hearing from family members, psychologists and state officials.

    The defense attorney requested a mistrial during court Wednesday, but the judge denied it.

    Muhammad, who originally was going to testify on his own behalf, decided on Wednesday against doing so on the advice of his counsel.

    Closing arguments are expected Thursday morning.

    The jury will then deliberate and determine whether Muhammad will face the death penalty or a lengthy prison sentence.