PHILADELPHIA—Jurors who convicted a man in the execution-style slaying of another man outside a northeast Philadelphia car wash five years ago have begun hearing arguments on whether he should receive a death sentence or spend life in prison.

Omar Sharif Cash, 31, was found guilty last week in the 2008 killing of 29-year-old Muliek Brown. He is already serving life without parole for a murder, carjacking and rape in Bucks County.

Prosecutor Peter Lim called the case "the rare circumstance where (the death penalty) is not about the vileness of the specific murder but the terrible nature of the person involved," according to The Philadelphia Inquirer (

Jurors in Bucks County deadlocked in 2010 on whether Cash deserved a death sentence, resulting in an automatic term of life without the possibility of parole.

The female victim in that case tearfully testified Tuesday that Cash carjacked her and her fiance, shot him to death and then drove her to a motel and raped her several times before she managed to escape.

Defense attorney Earl Kauffman urged jurors to look beyond his client's record and consider a troubled childhood that left him to turn to the streets at the age of 6.

"The situation in Bucks County was brutal. I'm not going to even argue the situation with Muliek Brown," Kauffman said.


"The question is, how the hell did he end up in that situation?"


Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer,