Matthew Nicholson has a date with Death Row

(Cleveland) - A man convicted of killing two teenagers in Garfield Heights last year was sentenced to death today.

Matthew Nicholson killed Manuel and Giselle Lopez last year and today Judge Timothy McCormick called him an extreme coward with no remorse. McCormick said the death penalty was an easy decision to make.

Prosecutors say Nicholson shot the teenagers in the back, when he suspected their mother of cheating on him.

Nicholson was captured without incident, after an hours long standoff with SWAT officers.

Nicholson worked as security guard who was also employed as a private contractor for Homeland Security.

The investigation conducted by Garfield Heights Police, Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation revealed that Nicholson had shot Manual Lopez eight times and Giselle Lopez four times, as they were attempting to run away from him.

The State called 40 witnesses during trial. Jury selection began September 16, 2019. Closing arguments were given October 9th. The Jury deliberated for a day and half.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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