Testimony in the death penalty case continues today at 8:30 a.m., with Superior Court Judge Richard Sutton presiding.
Brown, 22, was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of murder, three counts of felony murder, one count of aggravated sexual battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, two counts of burglary and two counts of theft by taking.
It is now up to the jury to determine if Brown should be put to death or receive a life sentence.
A distraught Mary Brown pleaded with the jury to spare her son’s life. “Don’t take his life,” she said. “If you take his, you automatically take mine.”
On June 24, 2000, Brown broke into the Rockmart home of Irene Arp, 79, police said. Her daughter, Linda Arp Buchanan, 59, was staying with her at the time.
In the house, he strangled Arp to death, then beat Buchanan to death with a lamp and sexually assaulted her, District Attorney Don Wilson said during closing arguments Tuesday.
Brown then took several items from the house, including Buchanan’s car.
Through tears, Jimmy Buchanan described life without his wife.
“Linda was my best friend in the whole world,” he said. “She was the person I wanted to spend the rest of my life with.
“I miss her telling me that she loved me. I’m going to miss her growing old with me. ... I don’t want Chris Brown hurting my family or anybody else’s family ever again.”
Tricea Brown of Calhoun said her brother Chris is a man with a troubled past.
“We grew up in a very, very abusive home,” she said, describing her father using a padlock to keep them in their home while he left and their mother was working.
“We would see our father locked in his car in the driveway eating while we were hungry,” she said.
She said her parents have been legally separated for nearly 20 years.