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Eager to Watch Football Game, Murder Defendant Tells Jury ‘I Did It, So What?’

Posted Nov 6, 2012 5:52 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Eager to get back to jail and watch the Monday night football game, a pro se capital murder defendant tried to make it easy for a jury to convict him of two slayings.

"I did it. So what?" Nathan Burris told the jury hearing his case in California's Contra Costa County Superior Court. "No remorse, no regrets, no mercy. ... You want me to draw it out in crayon?"

Despite the 49-year-old's testimony on Monday the trial continues, and closing arguments are expected to take place Tuesday at the earliest, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Meanwhile, his cavalier attitude about the slayings of his ex-girlfriend and a male friend of hers made the trial that much harder for the victims' surviving family members. One told the newspaper she had to resist an urge to try to slap Burris.

At one point during cross-examination, the defendant told veteran prosecutor Harold Jewett, referring to the jury: "This isn't Sesame Street. They get it, bro."

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