Death Penalty Off Table In Slaying

December 20, 2018
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Death Penalty Off Table In Slaying

WILKES-BARRE — Luzerne County prosecutors announced Wednesday they will not seek the death penalty against two people accused of brutally murdering a man in his own home. Reynaldo Mercado, 31, and a 14-year-old girl are awaiting trial on murder, burglary and other charges alleging they killed 58-year-old Fred Boote inside his home at 14 Donald Court on Sept. 14. During an arraignment Wednesday, the pair entered not guilty pleas to the charges, while prosecutors indicated they do not intend to seek the death penalty. Although the girl is charged as an adult, her attorney is seeking to have her case moved to juvenile court. Times-Shamrock newspapers are not identifying her until a decision has been made in that matter. Both defendants are being held without bail at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility. — JAMES HALPIN

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