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Murder defendant asks jury for quick verdict so he can get back to jail in time for Monday Night Football

Nov 6, 2012, 12:25 PM EDT


Nathan Burris, 49, is what some would call a piece of work. On trial in Contra Costa County (Northern Calif.) for double murder, Burris has confessed multiple times to the crime, says he has “no regrets” and even looks forward to a long prison sentence as his “retirement.” Burris, who is representing himself, says he’s not afraid of getting the death penalty because “captial punishment in this country is laughable.” Then this happened:

But on Monday, a man accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and her male friend in a shotgun rampage at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza snapped his fingers as he asked a jury to find him guilty quickly so he could be back in jail in time for “Monday Night Football.”

“I did it. So what?” said Nathan Burris, 49, who is representing himself in his capital trial in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Martinez. “No remorse, no regrets, no mercy. … You want me to draw it out in crayon?”

At one point Burris stopped answering questions, telling the prosecutor:

“This isn’t Sesame Street,” Burris said, referring to the jury. “They get it, bro.”

Burris’ fate will likely be decided today by California voters. Proposition 34 would repeal the death penalty in the state, and if passed, Burris’ trial would end and he will get life in prison.

  1. therightisalright - Nov 6, 2012 at 3:08 PM

    Why would this surprise anyone? A convict murder wanted to watch one of his own -Vick versus a team full of bounty hunting cheaters. He probably thought the game was being broadcast from his prison exercise yard.