Child killer receives death penalty

POSTED: Thursday, March 18, 2010 - 8:01am

UPDATED: Thursday, June 3, 2010 - 11:59pm

A jury in Baton Rouge has ordered the death penalty for a St. Louis man convicted of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old son in 2007.

The verdict was returned Wednesday against 32-year-old Dacarius Holliday, who had been convicted of first-degree murder in the beating death of Darian Coon. The jury deliberated the punishment for about 90 minutes.

A prosecutor said the boy had 75 bruises and a lacerated liver and kidney. The defense contended that Holliday was reckless and negligent, but never meant to kill the toddler.