July 24, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A jury in Las Vegas is hearing evidence in the death penalty trial of a 32-year-old man accused in the gruesome torture slaying of a man killed with a pencil and screwdriver pounded into his skull.
Corey Pearce is the third person to face trial in the 2006 "diary slaying" of 42-year-old Michael McClain.
Authorities say McClain also was bound to a wheelchair, beaten with a bat, hog-tied, gagged with duct tape and dumped in the desert.
Last year, 26-year-old Cassandra Thomas and 33-year-old Joey Salas were convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to prison.
Thomas' diary, with graphic accounts of the slaying, was found when she and Pearce were arrested in June 2006 in Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
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