Fresno prosecutor seeks death penalty in quadruple killing
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A district attorney in Northern California says she will seek the death penalty against a 39-year-old man charged with killing four people last April.
Fresno County District Attorney Lisa Smittcamp said Tuesday she reached the decision after an extensive review of the case and of Kori Muhammad’s behavior before, during and after he allegedly shot three men at random on April 18. Muhammad is also charged with the killing of a motel security guard five days earlier.
A Fresno County judge in January rejected Muhammad’s arguments that he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and was not sane at the time of the shootings.
Muhammad pleaded not guilty to four counts of murder after the judge found him fit to stand trial.
This story corrects the spelling of the man’s first name to Kori.