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Jury selection slated in death penalty trial in 2013 slaying

September 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection is slated for the death penalty trial of a man charged in a slaying during an alleged effort to steal guns from a safe in a western Pennsylvania home almost six years ago.

Twenty-four-year-old Brandon Wolowski is charged with homicide, attempted homicide, aggravated assault and robbery in the January 2013 death of 37-year-old Matthew Mathias and the wounding of his girlfriend in Washington, Pennsylvania.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter reports that prosecutors plan to seek capital punishment if Wolowski is convicted of first-degree murder. They said he rejected a plea deal calling for a 40- to 80-year term.

Defense attorney Noah Geary argued unsuccessfully that Wolowski, 18 at the time of the crime, should have been treated as a juvenile due to alleged fetal alcohol syndrome and a learning disability.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, http://www.observer-reporter.com

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