Prosecutor seeking death penalty in doctor slaying

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A prosecutor says she will seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing a popular doctor last year in his rural Appalachian clinic.

Perry Commonwealth Attorney Teresa Reed said in an interview with The Associated Press that she filed the notice Monday in the case against John C. Combs.

She said she made the decision with the support of family members of Dennis Sandlin, who was shot to death
last December in his Cornettsville clinic.

The Hazard Herald was first to report the filing.

Reed said two aggravating circumstances make Combs eligible for the death penalty. A firearm was used that could have harmed multiple people, and a burglary was committed because the alleged crime happened in a remote part of the office.

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