Prosecutor will seek death penalty in 6-year-old murder case

The Associated Press

STANFORD — A central Kentucky prosecutor has filed notice that he plans to seek the death penalty against one of the three men charged in a six-year-old murder case.

The Advocate-Messenger in Danville reports that 25-year-old Deonte Simmons of Richmond pleaded not guilty Friday in Lincoln County Circuit Court. He’s charged with two counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, two counts of robbery and one count of burglary.

The charges stem from the deaths of 20-year-old Ryan Shangraw and 19-year-old Harold “Bo” Upton III in February 2002 in Lincoln County and attacks on two girls who were in Shangraw’s trailer when the slayings happened.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy Montgomery filed notice he plans to seek the death penalty for Simmons.

Also pleading not guilty Friday was Jamarkos Campbell of Richmond, who faces the same charges. Campbell was a juvenile when the slayings occurred and wouldn’t be eligible for capital punishment.

Montgomery says a murder charge against a third suspect, Matthew Tolson of Richmond, will be presented to a grand jury next month.

Information from: The Advocate-Messenger,
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2 Comments on “Prosecutor will seek death penalty in 6-year-old murder case”

  1. linda Says:

    if the prosecutor is seeking the death penalty he needs to come up with a way to involve all not one some may have been juveniles when they killed those two boys but not anymore its not right for one to get the death penalty they all commited the same crime therefore the outcome should be the same .

  2. lucy lu Says:

    Kentucky law says that you may NOT impose the death penalty on an individual if he was a juvenile at the time of the offense. I am sure that if there was any way possible Montgomery would. I am from Casey County, which is located near Lincoln County and his home office of Pulaski County. This guy is a good fair prosecutor.

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