Sentencing phase starts for man convicted of killing off-duty Akron cop

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AKRON, Ohio- The sentencing phase for the man found guilty of killing Akron Police Officer Justin Winebrenner began Thursday morning.

Last week, a Summit County jury convicted Kenan Ivery of aggravated murder, attempted murder and felonious assault for the November 2014 shooting that left the officer dead.

Jurors will now decided if Ivery will be sentenced to death.

Prosecutors said Ivery was asked to leave Papa Don's Pub in Akron, but returned with a gun. Winebrenner, who was off-duty, tried to defuse the situation, but suffered two gunshot wounds. Four others were injured in the gunfire.

Ivery claimed he acted in self defense.

After the prosecution rested its argument in the penalty phase, defense attorneys started calling family members of Ivery.

In his opening statements, defense attorney Kerry O'Brien told the jury that if even one of them disagrees with the death penalty then he will be sentenced to life.

Henry Ivery Sr. spoke at his son's sentencing on Thursday. (Photo: Dave Nethers/Fox 8 News)

Henry Ivery Sr. spoke at his son's sentencing on Thursday. (Photo: Dave Nethers/Fox 8 News)

Among those witnesses was Ivery's father, Henry Sr., and his younger sister, Ginneh Ivery, who called him a great big brother, "Because he always protected us and was there when we needed him to be there."

Defense attorneys told jurors they will hear from psychologists on Friday and from Kenan Ivery himself before they start deliberating his punishment.

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