Today the same Santa Barbara jurors who last week convicted former West Hills drug dealer Jesse James Hollywood of kidnapping and murder began deliberations over his sentence. He could be sent to the death house in San Quentin for his part in ordering the abduction and execution of 15-year-old Nicholas Markowitz. The San Fernando Valley youth was reportedly ordered killed by Hollywood, 29, to send a message to Markowitz's half-brother, Ben, who owed Hollywood a drug debt.
Some initial media reports predicted a sentence would be decided by late this afternoon, but that did not happen. Nicholas Markowitz's mother Susan was expected to address the jury earlier in the day, along with members of Hollywood's family.