Man convicted of killing Phoenix police officer gets life in prison

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PHOENIX (AP) -- An ex-convict convicted of killing a Phoenix police officer in 2010 has been sentenced to life in prison on one count of first-degree murder, but jurors were unable to reach a unanimous sentencing verdict on the man's second murder conviction.
 
The jury announced its verdict on the one count for Danny Ledezma Martinez on Wednesday. Jurors faced a choice of life in prison or a death sentence.
 
Maricopa County Attorney's Office spokesman Jerry Cobb says prosecutors are evaluating whether to retry the penalty phase on the conviction jurors couldn't decide. 
 
The 36-year-old Martinez was convicted July 15 of two counts of first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the killing of 29-year-old Travis Murphy. 
 
Murphy was shot multiple times May 26, 2010 while responding to a suspicious person call. 
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