Harrison County Man Won't Face Death Penalty in Arson Case

7 years 10 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, May 08 2012 May 8, 2012 Tuesday, May 08, 2012 8:37:00 AM CDT May 08, 2012 in News
By: Associated Press

BETHANY (AP) - A northwest Missouri man whose son was found dead in their burned-out mobile home will not face the death penalty if he is convicted of killing the boy.

The Harrison County prosecutor said Monday that he won't seek the death penalty against 28-year-old Tony R. King of Bethany.

King is charged with murder, arson and child abuse in the death of his 7-year-old son, Jeremiah Lamm. The boy's body was found in the bedroom of the family's burned mobile home on Jan. 11.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports Buchanan County Circuit Court Judge Randall Jackson, who had been appointed to hear the case, agreed Monday to move the trial to Buchanan County. The trial is scheduled to begin March 25.

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