SANTA ANA — While convicted murderer and rapist Jason Michael Balcom sat and showed no emotion, attorneys explained to jurors during the penalty phase of the trial Wednesday why they should vote for death or life without parole for the killing of Malinda Gibbons.
Deputy District Attorney Matt Murphy took issue with the idea that anything in Balcom's childhood was significant enough to influence his decision to rape and murder the young, pregnant Costa Mesa resident in 1988.
Instead, he said, Balcom, 41, did it because he chose to.
FOR THE RECORD:
An earlier version incorrectly listed Jason Michael Balcom's age as 42. At the time this article was written, he was 41. His birthday was Monday.
"He did it because he liked it," Murphy said in the Central Justice Center courtroom. "He wanted to do it. He did it. He liked it and he did it again."