Jurors eye possible death sentence in killing that prompted ‘Alpha Dog’ movie

Penalty phase set in Jesse James Hollywood trial

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Jesse James Hollywood faces death or life in prison as the penalty phase begins in his trial for the kidnapping and murder of a 15-year-old boy in a dispute over drug money owed by his half-brother.

The proceedings are scheduled to start Monday in Superior Court in the killing that inspired the movie “Alpha Dog.”

The 29-year-old Hollywood was convicted last week for the 2000 murder of Nicholas Markowitz.

Prosecutors say Hollywood snatched the boy from a San Fernando Valley street in the escalating dispute.

Hollywood says he took the boy but denies ordering his death. Four other men also were convicted.

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