Death Penalty Sought Against Soldier

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Prosecutors say they will seek the
death penalty for a Fort Campbell soldier accused of murdering two
women in central Kentucky last year.
Sgt. Brent Burke pleaded not guilty to the charges Tuesday in
Hardin County. The military police officer is accused of killing
his estranged wife, 31-year-old Tracy Burke, and her former
mother-in-law, 53-year-old Karen Comer, in Comer's Rineyville home.
Burke's lawyer told WHAS-TV of Louisville that the defense plans
to challenge Burke's 4-year-old son's ability to tell the truth
when he told a social worker that "Daddy shot Mommy." The lawyer
says he may also seek a change of venue.
Another hearing will be held in April.
Tracy Burke's three children were in the hosue at the time of
the shootings last September.


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