Luzenski Allen Cottrell gets death penalty for Myrtle Beach police officer murder

"I was starting to make plans for a wedding and then everything was completely opposite in 81 seconds," said Holly Sinkway, McGarry's former fiancé. "I went from wearing white to wearing black a weekend later. (Source: Conor McCue)
"I was starting to make plans for a wedding and then everything was completely opposite in 81 seconds," said Holly Sinkway, McGarry's former fiancé. "I went from wearing white to wearing black a weekend later. (Source: Conor McCue)
Jurors must decide if Luzenski Allen Cottrell, 36, will receive the death penalty or a life sentence without parole in the killing of Officer Joe McGarry 12 years ago. (Source: Conor McCue)
Jurors must decide if Luzenski Allen Cottrell, 36, will receive the death penalty or a life sentence without parole in the killing of Officer Joe McGarry 12 years ago. (Source: Conor McCue)
The defense said the death penalty would be unnecessary homicide while prosecutors spoke about the toll the case has had on everyone. (Source: Conor McCue)
The defense said the death penalty would be unnecessary homicide while prosecutors spoke about the toll the case has had on everyone. (Source: Conor McCue)

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - Luzenski Allen Cottrell, 36, was sentenced to death Saturday for the 2002 murder of Myrtle Beach police officer Joe McGarry.

The judge said Cottrell will be executed on November 24 in Columbia, SC. 

During closing arguments Saturday, prosecutors called on McGarry's then fiancé, parents, and fellow officers.

The defense questioned several friends of Cottrell's along with a forensic psychologist who has been performing a risk assessment on Cottrell.

That psychologist said Cottrell is not a risk for prison related violence in the future.

The defense said the death penalty would be unnecessary homicide while prosecutors spoke about the toll the case has had on everyone.

"I was starting to make plans for a wedding and then everything was completely opposite in 81 seconds," said Holly Sinkway, McGarry's former fiancé. "I went from wearing white to wearing black a weekend later. I ordered flowers for a funeral instead of for a wedding."

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