Prosecutors seek death penalty for killer twice convicted of murder

Prosecutors seek death penalty for killer twice convicted of murder »Play Video
David Ray Taylor

EUGENE, Ore. - Convicted of murdering Celestino Guiterrez in August 2012, the case against David Ray Taylor turned to whether he should go to prison for life - or die for his crimes. 

Gutierrez's mother, Rose, told the jury Tuesday she's haunted by the thought she taught her son to help people in need, which led to his tragic fate. She told our reporters she would ask the jury for the death penalty, however didn't bring up Taylor's punishment while addressing the court Tuesday.

The prosecution on Tuesday dug deeper into the 1977 murder of 21-year-old Constance Roland, a gas station attendant in Eugene.

David Ray Taylor, who was in his early 20s at the time, was convicted and served 27 years in prison for Roland's murder.

In court, the prosecution told jurors the circumstances of both Roland and Gutierrez's deaths are similar.

Retired sheriff's deputy Jon Peckles testified that Taylor had the hood of his vehicle open when Roland came to see if everything was OK.

Roland, like Gutierrez, appears to have been a good Samaritan. Taylor allegeldy told his accomplices in the Gutierrez slaying to stage a fight and trick him into giving one of them a ride from a bar.

Another parallel: both Roland and Gutierrez's bodies were discovered off Battle Creek road.

Taylor's defense team argues that he deserves life in prison instead of the death penalty.

The defense told jurors there are two David Ray Taylors - one outside of prison, without structure or supervision; the other, inside the structure of prison.

Taylor is a "positive influence" in prison, mentoring new inmates, the defense said.