Sentencing phase begins in Adam Matos quadruple murder case

Pasco County

NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. (WFLA)-  Convicted killer Adam Matos will have to wait another day for the jury to decide whether he will receive the death penalty or life in prison.

Monday, Matos’ attorneys called witnesses they hoped would defend his character to avoid the death penalty.

Rose Matos, his mother, was first on the stand.

Attorneys asked her, “How do you feel about your son now knowing what this jury has found him guilty of?”

“I love my son no matter what,” she replied. “I am hurt, just like any parent would feel, hurt.”

Matos was found guilty of killing Megan Brown, her parents and Nicholas Leonard last week.

Rose Matos said her son had a rough upbringing.

“He was bullied in first grade, second grade and third grade,” she said.

But was still a happy child and a loving father to his son, Tristan.

“Really good. He’s a good father,” his mother said.

Other witnesses who took the stand disagreed.

“If he’s a good father? It’s difficult for me to answer,” said Chiara Clauss, a friend of the Brown family. “I can’t even imagine doing that with Tristan in the home.”

Adam’s brother, Peter Dejesus, also spoke.

“It’s a bit shocking, what he’s being accused of,” he said.

Attorneys asked “Do you still love and support your brother?

DeJesus replied, “I do.”

DeJesus said he would also continue to love and support his brother.

Jurors will have an extra night to sleep on their decision.

“It will be your decision now to decide when he dies,” said attorneys to jurors. “When God decides or when the government decides.”

Attorneys will give closing arguments Tuesday morning.

The jury will deliberate afterwards.

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