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Family of convicted murderer Javier Righetti, asks jury to spare his life

Javier Righetti appears in court Monday, March 13, 2017, at the Regional Justice Center in Las Vegas. (Donald Lane/KSNV)

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Life in prison or death by execution; those are the two choices jurors in the Javier Righetti murder trial are being given.

Family members told jurors, Monday, that Javier did not have a perfect childhood and if his life could be spared.

"We were hit, verbally abused," said Alexia Righetti.

Alexia says she and her brother Javier had a far from perfect childhood. Raised by a dominating, violent father who taught his son women must be submissive.

Now, Alexia is asking jurors to spare her brother's life despite what she calls, his terrible crimes.

"I can't help but have an unbreakable sibling bond. I know it's hard for people to understand. That is my little brother," Alexia said in court.

Last week, the jury found Righetti guilty of rape and stabbing of 15-year-old Alyssa Otremba. Her body set on fire in a desert lot. The same jury will now decide whether to send the 24-year-old to death row.

They're also hearing about his prior bad acts, including the rape of his own 16-year-old cousin on a beach in Mexico that took place less than three months before Otremba was murdered.

The defense says Righetti was born with a brain abnormality that affects impulse control.

And one after another, family members testified if Righetti is allowed to live, they would visit him in prison.

"I felt I had to be here to show support. Show him that I love him," said Righetti's cousin, Oscar Ibarra.

Of course, the one person we haven't heard from yet is Righetti himself. His attorney tells us that could happen on Tuesday. The big unknown is whether anything he might say will sway the jury.

Javier Righetti's trial will resume on Tuesday at 10 a.m.


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