UPDATE: 2 p.m.
A screaming, growling Steven Lawayne Nelson fought against more than a half-dozen jailers during an incident in mid-July while he was awaiting trial on capital murder, according to a videotape of the jail incident shown to jurors on Thursday.
The video, which ran about 30 minutes, captured Nelson fighting against the guards and alternately screaming, singing, rapping and fighting against restraints.
He was sprayed with pepper spray and eventually strapped into a restraint chair, according to Sgt. Kenneth Chambliss, who told jurors about the video.
Defense attorney Steve Gordon asked, however, if Nelson had had his medications that day, but Chambliss said he did not know. Chambliss agreed that any medication that could control the behavior would be helpful to jailers.
But prosecutor Bob Gill countered with questions of his own.
"Is there any drug in the world that can control a cold-blooded, remorseless killer like Mr. Nelson?" Gill asked.
"No sir," Chambliss said.
Convicted killer Steven Lawayne Nelson indicated he was addicted to the excitement of criminal behavior and thought "the rules didn't apply to him," a Dallas probation supervisor told jurors Thursday who are considering whether to hand Nelson the death penalty in the brutal suffocation of an Arlington pastor.
Sherry Price, a Dallas county employee, testified that Nelson reached those conclusions while attending a court-ordered therapy session as part of his probation on an assault charge in Dallas County. Nelson was released from the program just days before he beat, bound and suffocated Clint Dobson, 28, during a robbery of the NorthPointe Baptist Church on March 3, 2011.
Defense attorney Bill Ray suggested during questioning, however, that those characteristics might be symptoms of underlying psychological problems that were never treated.
Price said Nelson completed the program but failed to make an appointment with her on the day he was released. He failed to meet another appointment with her on the day the pastor was killed.
Testimony on Wednesday indicated that Nelson has said he has multiple personalities that take over and commit crimes.
Nelson was convicted earlier this week of capital murder in Dobson's death. Church secretary Judy Elliott was also beaten and left for dead but survived.
The jury in state District Judge Mike Thomas' court is hearing testimony in the punishment phase of his trial. Prosecutors Bob Gill and Page Simpson are seeking the death penalty.