Most involved in the murder trial thought the panel would need more time to come to a decision on Orozco’s ultimate fate, and whether it will entail a lifetime spent behind bars with no hope of parole or death by lethal injection. The one point attorneys on both sides made clear is the awesome responsibility the jurors now face. Prosecutor Lowell Anger listed dozens of reasons why the penalty should be nothing less than death, noting the calculated murder of Ortiz, a Diamond Bar father of two young boys and newlywed of three weeks, as well as Orozco’s alleged violent criminal history. “What is the appropriate punishment for someone who not only doesn’t show remorse, he revels in his notoriety … whose life is a moral failure \ so much destruction and pain?” Anger asked. Defense Attorney Stan Perlo made no excuses for his client, repeatedly telling the jury his presentation of mitigating factors was not meant to provide justification but merely to explain the circumstances that contributed to the crime, chiefly his client’s indoctrination into the gang lifestyle and his history of drug abuse. NORWALK – Life or death? That decision for convicted killer Jose Luis Orozco was put to a jury of seven men and five women Monday. The same jury took about four hours before finding the 29-year-old Hawaiian Gardens gang member guilty in the ambush murder of Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Jerry Ortiz last month. On March 20, Orozco was found guilty of first-degree murder, attempted murder and two weapons violations, as well as several special-circumstance allegations – murder of a peace officer, murder while lying in wait, murder to avoid arrest, and carrying out the crime to benefit his gang. “We are in no way telling you that that he is not an evil, bad \. … The deed itself is the crime,” Perlo said. “But there are some things to be considered in sparing his life.” Deliberations began at the Norwalk Superior Courthouse Monday afternoon. The jury asked for a DVD recording of the defendant about two weeks after the deputy’s murder before deliberations ended for the day. The DVD, which featured prominently earlier in the trial, showed a conversation Orozco had with two friends – a fellow gang member and a gang associate – while they were in a holding cell at the Bellflower Superior Court in July 2005. In the taped conversation, Orozco is laughing and joking about the publicity surrounding the shooting. On June 24, 2005, Ortiz was investigating a shooting that occurred a few days earlier when he chased Orozco into a Hawaiian Gardens apartment complex. As the gang investigator reholstered his weapon to talk to one of Orozco’s friends, a young mother with her small daughters and other adults inside her apartment, Orozco aimed his weapon through a crack in the front door and pulled the trigger. Perlo urged the jury not to dismiss the gravity of a sentence of a life in prison. The term penitentiary, he explained, was created on the idea of penitence; of providing a place in modern society where criminals would be forced to sit and consider their actions. “Each of you must decide if each of you is willing to put your finger on the button of death,” Perlo said. The jury is scheduled to return to deliberations at 9 a.m. today. [email protected] (562) 499-1261. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!