ALLENTOWN, Pa. — An eastern Pennsylvania prosecutor says he won’t seek the death penalty against a soldier accused of having conspired with his teenage girlfriend to kill her mother.
The (Easton) Express-Times reports that Lehigh County District Attorney Jim Martin said there are no factors supporting capital punishment in the case of 21-year-old Army Spc. Caleb Barnes.
Barnes and 14-year-old Jamie Silvonek were arraigned separately Wednesday in the March stabbing death of 54-year-old Cheryl Silvonek, who was killed in the driveway of her home near Allentown.
Prosecutors charged the teenager as an adult, citing text messages they said detailed her role. Defense attorney John Waldron wants the case sent back to juvenile court, but he said a hearing on that issue scheduled next month will likely be delayed.
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