STANFORD, Ky. (AP) - A central Kentucky prosecutor has filed
notice that he plans to seek the death penalty against one of the
three men charged in a six-year-old murder case.
The Advocate-Messenger in Danville reports that 25-year-old
Deonte Simmons of Richmond pleaded not guilty Friday in Lincoln
County Circuit Court. He's charged with two counts of murder, two
counts of attempted murder, two counts of robbery and one count of
The charges stem from the deaths of 20-year-old Ryan Shangraw
and 19-year-old Harold "Bo" Upton III in February 2002 in Lincoln
County and attacks on two girls who were in Shangraw's trailer when
the slayings happened.
Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery filed notice he plans to
seek the death penalty for Simmons.
Also pleading not guilty Friday was Jamarkos Campbell of
Richmond, who faces the same charges. Campbell was a juvenile when
the slayings occurred and wouldn't be eligible for capital
Montgomery says a murder charge against a third suspect, Matthew
Tolson of Richmond, will be presented to a grand jury next month.
Information from: The Advocate-Messenger, http://www.amnews.com
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