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HAMILTON, Ohio - A jury has recommended the death penalty for a man with thenickname "C Murder."

Calvin McKelton, 33, of Bond Hill, killed his girlfriend,Fairfield attorney, Margaret Allen and his friend, Germaine EvansSr.

Assistant Prosecutor Lance Salyers described it as ahard decision for a jury but the right one.

One of McKelton's attorneys, Melynda Cook,said his children are not going to take thiswell. "Even though he's done bad things and he's led a badlife he can influence someone else (in a positive way)" saidCook.

Cook said his oldest daughter said McKelton encourages her tomake good decisions. He encourages her to go to college and to stayout of trouble.

All the people on the jury were white. Defense attorneys saidthat could be brought up during the appeal.

Prosecutors do not think that's a valid argument. "I don't thinkit was a matter of this jury was too white or too suburban or tooanything. What they were was too familiar with the facts of thecase," said Salyers. "They were too familiar with the evidence ofhis guilt so they were too familiar that justice in this casedemanded a death verdict," said Salyers.

The sentencing was delayed after a judge dismissed a jurorduring trial Thursday night.

The jury sent a letter to the judge stating that one of thejurors refused to participate. The judge sent one back requestingmore information and a woman was dismissed.

The woman told the judge her mother had surgery scheduled andcould not participate further in the trial.

An alternate juror was put in place Thursday evening and asentencing decision was reached Friday morning.

Prosecutors said Evans helped McKelton dump Allen's body nearSchmidt Field in Cincinnati after McKelton strangled her during anargument. In 2009 Evans was found shot to death in a Mt. Auburnpark.

A Cincinnati police detective testified during the trial thatthe condition of Allen's body was so severe, he could not recognizethe body.

Reports said that defense attorneys did not call any witnessesto the stand during the trial.

A relative testified that Evans confided he saw McKelton chokingAllen and then attempted to revive her. Evans also told therelative that McKelton tried to make it appear her house had beenbroken into before he then tried to set it on fire.

Several inmates at the Butler County Jail testified they heardMcKelton discussing killing Allen and Evans.

McKelton's attorneys indicated he was seeing other women duringthe time frame of Allen's death.

McKelton begged the jury Thursday to give him the sentence oflife in prison as opposed to the death penalty because he wanted tocontinue to have a relationship with his own children and severalnieces and nephews, who he said look up to him.

The judge will now decide whether he will impose the jury'srecommendation of death. The official sentencing will take placenext month.

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