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US prosecutor seeks death for suspect in killing 3 Muslims

March 3, 2015

CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (AP) — Prosecutors plan to seek the death sentence for a man accused of killing three Muslim students in North Carolina last month.

Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols filed papers in court that show he plans to seek the death sentence if Craig Stephen Hicks is convicted of first-degree murder.

Hicks has been charged with killing 23-year-old Deah Shaddy Barakat; his wife, 21-year-old Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha; and her sister, 19-year-old Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, on Feb. 10.

Police say the shootings were over a long-running dispute over parking at the condominium complex. The victims’ families have said religious bias played a prominent role in the shootings.

A hearing is set for next month on Echols’ request to seek the death penalty if Hicks is convicted.

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