Death Penalty Sought In Double-Murder Case

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,

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  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2008 at 05:04 PM
    if these men are found guilty giving them the death penalty want bring anyone back. i feel that theres more to this than everyones really saying i feel that the parents to may had been involved as well the whole story jus dosent add up i think that these guys has just been picked out and being accussed of this i think that there should be more investigating to this situation.
  • by Me Location: Ky on Aug 23, 2008 at 05:56 AM
    How can they give one the death penalty and not the others? I understand under 18 and all but they are just as guilty as the one over 18. Don't think that will fly.Don't get me wrong they all deserve the death penalty.....but this is Lincoln Co justice we are talking about. I know of "cold" or should I say frozen cases that happened 20 years or more ago and nothing is ever done. I am just glad the families of these two young men will have some closure.Wish my family could get some.Maybe all the new investigators can do a better job than all the ones that worked murder cases there 20 or more years ago.25 to be exact.


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