This is a case of interest to me. The sole surviving family member, Marlee Mincher is a classmate and friend of my son's and the girlfriend of another friend of my son's. She is a very nice young lady who has suffered, and undoubtedly will continue to suffer for the rest of her life from this POS's actions. Can anyone imagine what it would be like to be a 12 year old girl and to come home from school one day and find your brother and mother brutally murdered? I can't even imagine how that would effect me, a grown man, for the rest of my life, much less a 12 year old girl. If anyone hears any news as this scum's appeals take place, I would appreciate updates. I'm not located in Georgia so there is nothing in the news here regarding this case. It would be really nice to see this scum sent to hell quickly. I'm sure it won't happen quickly, but I can dream.
By Marcus E. Howard
Marietta Daily Journal Staff Writer
MARIETTA - Convicted murderer Lawrence Rice was sentenced to death Wednesday afternoon by a Cobb Superior Court jury.
Rice, 58, of Tucker, showed no emotion as he stared at Judge Mary Staley, who read the jury's verdict aloud. Shortly afterwards, he took a drink from a cup and sat back in his chair.
Rice was sentenced to death by the 12-member jury on two counts of malice murder and two counts of felony murder. Staley also sentenced him to 20 consecutive years in prison on one count of burglary.
Marlee Mincher, the only surviving member of her immediate family of four, was greeted with hugs and comforting smiles from relatives and friends who filled nearly half the courtroom.
She declined to speak with reporters after the verdict.
After the sentence, Connie Mincher's brother, Damon Sticher, read a statement.
"The guilty verdict is the verdict that we were hoping and praying for," Sticher, 57, of Douglasville, said, according to other media accounts. "And we realize that there are no winners here today."
Staley told the family that she knew how difficult the proceedings had been for them, but that she thought they acted "respectful" during the five-day trial.
Nearly a dozen Cobb Sheriff's Office deputies lined the courtroom as the verdict was read. They escorted Rice into custody after the jurors were excused.
Rice was convicted by the same jury on Monday for killing the wife and son of his former supervisor, Trevor Mincher, in April 2003. Connie, 47, and 14-year-old Ethan Mincher, then a Pope High School freshman, were found bludgeoned to death in their east Cobb home by then 12-year-old Marlee Mincher, who had returned from school.
Trevor died of cancer in 2005.
The jury - which began sentencing deliberations Tuesday evening - had the option of sentencing Rice to life in prison with the chance of parole; life in prison without parole; or the death penalty.
Cobb District Attorney Pat Head said he felt the death sentence was an appropriate verdict given the nature of the crime. State law dictates that at least one of 10 aggravating circumstances, outlined by the General Assembly, must be present to file for the death penalty.
"I think the brutal murder of two individuals, and especially a 14-year-old innocent child, are good reasons to seek a death penalty," Head said.
In 1990, Rice resigned from Video Tape Associates in Atlanta after about three months on the job because of a salary dispute. He blamed his coworker, Trevor Mincher, for "blackballing" him from getting another broadcast engineering job.
The key evidence for the prosecution in the trial were 138-pages of a journal, written by Rice, that prosecutors said outlined the grudge he maintained against Mincher and his motives for murder.
Head said he believed the 1999 case of convicted murderer and child molester Virgil Delano Presnell Jr. was the last time a Cobb jury imposed the death penalty.
After his original death sentence was overturned, it was reinstated after he was prosecuted in 1999. He is on death row in a state prison in Jackson. http://www.mdjonline.com/content/index/showcontentitem/area/1/section/15/item/115033.htmlhttp://www.wsbtv.com/news/16901367/detail.html