Defense attorney Paul Johnson told jurors considering the fate of Naim Rasool Muhammad his client led a life of "abandonment" and "neglect" because his mother had been a crack-addicted prostitute and he never knew his father, The Dallas Morning News reported Wednesday.
A Dallas County jury found Muhammad, 34, guilty of capital murder in the death of his sons Elijah, 3, and Naim, 5, by drowning them in a river in August 2011.
In an effort to spare Muhammad the death penalty, Johnson said his client believed his sons would endure a fate similar to his because their mother, Kametra Sampson, had left the children alone, had recently sought treatment for crack addiction and was a prostitute.
Prosecutors Tammy Kemp and Sherre Sweet told jurors Muhammad deserved to die because he is a threat to society. He also has a history of domestic violence and a 23-year criminal record dating back when he was a juvenile, they said.
Kemp said Muhammad killed his children after Sampson left with the kids and went into a drug treatment facility where she could live with the boys.
Muhammad abducted the boys as their mother walked them to school, the prosecutors said.