A couple of jurors in the trial of St. Louis county cop killer Todd Shepard say the jury was about evenly split on whether Shepard should be executed.

The jury wound up recommending life in prison with no parole. Two jurors have told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that one juror refused to support the death penalty and others finally agreed, believing something worse than death was fitting for Shepard — spending the rest of his life in custody of a legal system he claims to hate.