Jurors could hear closing arguments in the sentencing phase of Andre Hampton's death penalty trial Wednesday.
His sister came to court and testified Hampton was her "protector" and "inspiration" growing up, that he stood up for her when she was abused and that he should get life because, "I got to have my brother here."
Their mother told jurors how she disciplined Hampton when he was younger.
"I used a belt, spanking with a brush, popped with a comb...spanked with shoes, a switch, a paddle,” she said.
That's similar to how Hampton disciplined, and ultimately killed, his 23-month-old son, Elijah.
Gadson said she loved Hampton, her "baby," and that she "was especially hard on my boys...they were going to be men, they were going to be black men. That means they were going to have it hard."
Hampton's uncle also told jurors about the family's history of beating children to get them to behave. He said he himself was whipped "until we go numb and we don't feel it anymore."
This is all in line with the defense's argument that Hampton wasn't a cold-hearted killer, just a young father who was disciplining his son the way he knew and that he doesn't deserve to die for his crime.
But prosecutors got his mother to admit Hampton knew beating a child as young as Elijah was wrong.