ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — A man convicted of kidnapping and killing a Winter Park nanny in 2017 testified Monday during the penalty phase of the case, saying that he wants to be executed.
Jurors are expected to begin deliberating Wednesday about whether to sentence Scott Nelson to life in prison or the death penalty. They found him guilty earlier this month of kidnapping and killing Jennifer Fulford, a Winter Park nanny, in 2017.
Should jurors wish to recommend that Nelson be sentenced to death, they must unanimously agree on that.
"I am a homicidal maniac," Nelson testified Monday when asked about his mental health.
A prosecutor asked him if he wanted to be sentenced to death, to which he replied, "Yes."
During his bizarre testimony, Nelson said he had been tied up by Santa Claus in a federal prison cell and that he was a slave after he was released.
He claimed prosecutors were trying to catch him off guard with their questions and were trying to falsely portray him as a liar.
Nelson said he could not think straight because his lawyers kept objecting to his testimony.
"Pound for pound, I'm probably the most honest inmate in the Federal Bureau of Prisons," he said.
Watch Nelson testify below:
Nelson's lawyers walked him through the crimes that he has been exposed to during his decades in prison for crimes, such as bank robbery.
"It's kind of sketchy for me, because I was unconscious," he said. "But I was raped. It wasn't the first time this had happened. This had happened to me before as well."
Nelson painted himself as a victim.
"I've been beaten up on Christmas morning," he said. "Four-pointed like a dog by Santa Claus. Can you imagine? Santa four-points you to a bed?"
Nelson again blamed Fulford's death on his homelessness and his homelessness on what he said were a bunch of crooked federal prison officials.
"Things were great," he said. "I was going from homeless on up. Now, I'm done. Done."
Earlier Monday, psychologist testified on Nelson's mental well-being.
Valerie McClain spent hours on the stand breaking down things that happened to Nelson in his childhood and adulthood that got him to where he is now.
McClain said Nelson had a traumatic childhood and spent years in solitary confinement as an adult.
McClain claims Nelson has post-traumatic stress disorder and other problems because he had an abusive father, absent mother and siblings who exposed him to alcohol and drug abuse from a young age.
McClain admitted that that Nelson is a known exaggerator and manipulator and that some of her findings are based on Nelson's own statements about what has happened in his life.
But she said her conclusions are still well-supported.
Closing arguments will begin Wednesday morning.
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