A US man found guilty of killing a gay couple in 2010 has shown no remorse during sentencing, flipping off the victims’ families.
Appearing in court on Thursday, Peter Avsenew was sentenced to death for the killings, Gay Star News has reported.
His lawyers had argued that he did not kill the couple but only found them, choosing not to call emergency services because he was working for them as an escort, but the state found there was no evidence to support this.
Avsenew briefly addressed the jury at the sentencing.
“I have no regrets in my life and I am proud of the decisions I’ve made,” he said.
“No one really knows what happened that day. Everyone can speculate what ifs and maybes until they’re blue in the face, which they’ll never really know.”
The families of the murdered couple saw Avsenew make the flip-off gesture, which was captured on courtroom footage.
“In my heart of hearts, I knew that he was making that gesture to us, and then he admitted that he made the gesture to our family,” said Marci Craig, a sister of one of the victims.
“After what happened in that courtroom just now, I’m happy that he’s being put to the death penalty,” said Missy Badget, also a sister.
Had the jury not handed Avsenew the death penalty, he would have been sentenced to life in prison for the killings.