Judge delays sentencing for Halifax County man facing possible death penalty

HALIFAX COUNTY (WSLS 10) – James Lloyd Terry will have to wait a few more weeks before learning his fate.

On Thursday, the Commonwealth and Terry’s attorney delivered their respective closing arguments, concluding a four-day sentencing phase.

Judge Joel Cunningham said that it would not be appropriate to hand down a decision Thursday without having had a chance to review the arguments made by both sides.

Cunningham now has to decide whether Terry will receive life in prison without parole or the death penalty for raping and beating to death 84-year-old Charlotte Rice in her South Boston home on April 14th, 2011.

Both Terry and Rice’s families declined to comment after court was adjourned Thursday.

Judge Cunningham will deliver his decision at 9:30 a.m. in Halifax County Circuit Court on October 31.

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