OKLAHOMA CITY – Monday night a jury found a man accused of killing his 87-year-old mother with a brick guilty.
Thursday night, the jury recommended Darrell Frederick receive the death penalty for allegedly murdering his mother, Connie Bernice Frederick, inside of her home in March 2011.
She died from her injuries at the hospital.
Attorneys presented closing arguments Monday.
Defense attorneys claimed the injuries could’ve resulted from a fall, but prosecutors argued two eyewitnesses saw Frederick wielding a brick outside his mother’s home.
Connie Frederick was deaf and communicated by sign language.
Her granddaughter testified when she found her grandmother on the floor, badly beaten, Connie signed to her that Darrell did it.
Several family members have been in court for the entire trial.
“It hurts, it hurts a lot,” Karen Frederick says. “She was special, very special in the way she communicated. She was very loving. She was very compassionate.”
Frederick was living with his mother at the time.
He has a long rap sheet.
In 2005 Frederick was acquitted on multiple charges of assault and battery and kidnapping.
He was also charged in another murder in 2007, but was acquitted.
Officials say the punishment phase will begin Wednesday morning.
The state says they are seeking the death penalty.