'Should Taylor be sentenced to death? Yes'

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EUGENE, Ore. - Twice-convicted killer David Ray Taylor showed no sign of emotion as he stood before the court and listened to Judge Charles Zennache read the jury's findings in Taylor's murder of 22-year-old Celestino Gutierrez.

Taylor, 58, was previously convicted of kidnapping and murdering Gutierrez for his car as part of a bank robbery plot.

"Did Taylor deliberately kill Gutierrez?" the judge read. "Yes."

"Is Taylor a future threat to society? Yes."

And the ultimate question:

"Should Taylor be sentenced to death?" the judge read.


The victim's family members wept after the verdict was read.

The victim's mother had asked the jury this week to impose the death penalty.

Celestino's older brother, Jeff Gutierrez, said outside the courtroom that his family wants to thank the state and the jury for working so hard.

"My little brother was someone who took the best out of a worst situation," he said.

Family members said they want the governor to allow the death penalty to be imposed in order to carry out the will of the people.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has said no executions will be carried out so long as he remains in office. He won a legal battle with a death row inmate who wanted to be executed.