Prosecutors to Seek Death Penalty in Mo. Slaying

6 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, March 02 2013 Mar 2, 2013 Saturday, March 02, 2013 3:02:00 PM CST March 02, 2013 in News
Source: Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) - Greene County prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a southwest Missouri teenager charged with killing another teenager.

Gabriel Roche, 18, of Republic, is charged with first degree murder and armed criminal action in the 2011 stabbing death of 17-year-old Weston North, also of Republic. A probable cause statement says North was stabbed and then begged for his life before Roche slit his throat.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that prosecutors have filed their intention to seek the penalty against Roche. Prosecutors say Roche killed North because North was a witness in a felony offense.

Prosecutor Dan Patterson on Friday declined to say what that offense was but earlier court documents say Roche believed North was a "snitch."

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