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Penalty phase of Scott Nelson murder trial continues

Scott Nelson convicted of murder in death of Jennifer Fulford

ORLANDO, Fla. – The penalty phase in Scott Nelson's murder trial continued Wednesday until the court recessed early for the holiday weekend.

Nelson was convicted of murder last week in the slaying of Winter Park caregiver Jennifer Fulford.

In shocking testimony from the stand last week, Nelson provided grave details about how he killed Fulford, 56, in September 2017.

Nelson was found guilty of first-degree murder, kidnapping, carjacking and robbery.

On Wednesday, prison expert Roy "Tim" Gravette and an Orlando Rescue Mission night manager spoke about their interactions with Nelson.

Gravette said Nelson spent about 95% of his time in prison in special housing, adding that he had problems with other inmates.

The first day of the penalty phase began Monday with impact statements from Fulford's family. 

Her daughter, Hanna Geist, and son, Austin Geist, spoke via video conference from Texas.

"To put a loss like this into words feels like a disservice. It's a tragedy. It's foreign. It's a language I don't know how to speak. It was never supposed to be this way," Hanna Geist said. 

Fulford's husband told the jurors he wanted to focus on her life rather than her death. 

"She loved life. She loved me. I will always love her," Robert Fulford said. 

Day 2 of the penalty phase was filled with statements from those who know Nelson. 

His oldest brother, James, was the first to take the stand and discussed the upbringing and abuse he and his brothers faced from their father.

"He would throw things at you. He would get you into a corner and he would beat you with a belt and he would hit you with a buckle end of the belt. I grew up hearing my mother, (who) would repeatedly (be) saying to my father when he was doing this, 'Don't hit them in the head,'" Nelson's brother said. 

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