Death penalty to be sought in 2-state slaying spree

Nov 21, 2015 3:44 PM by News Staff

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing seven people in two states over a seven-week period this summer.

Twenty-three-year-old Todd West of Elizabeth, New Jersey, is charged in Lehigh County with homicide and robbery counts in connection with the July 5 shooting deaths of a man in Easton and a man and a woman in nearby Allentown.

First Assistant District Attorney Steven Luksa has said investigators believe the victims were chosen at random.

Prosecutors cited their allegation that one killing occurred during the commission of another slaying as well as what they called the grave risk of death to another person.

Defense attorney Robert Sletvold says he isn't surprised by the decision to seek capital punishment.

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