CLAYTON (AP) — Prosecutors announced plans to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing two employees inside a suburban St. Louis restaurant after he refused to testify against his brother.
A source reported that 24-year-old Anthony D. Akins backed out of a plea deal with the state Monday morning.
He pleaded guilty in June 2011 to two reduced counts of second-degree murder for his role in the November 2008 armed robbery at the Steak 'n Shake restaurant. Forty-four-year-old Tammy Cantrell and 24-year-old Mark Gerstner were killed.
Through his plea, Akins had promised to testify against his younger brother, Oundre, the alleged gunman. Because Oundre Akins agreed to a trial before a judge without a jury, prosecutors agreed not to seek the death penalty against him.