Death penalty to be sought in triple murder

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) – A Kentucky prosecutor says he’ll seek the death penalty for a man charged with murder in the “execution-style” shootings of three people.

The Messenger-Inquirer reports Commonwealth’s Attorney Bruce Kuegel said Tuesday that he’ll be seeking death for 30-year-old Arnett B. Baines.

Owensboro police Detective Todd Wilkerson told the court during a preliminary hearing that the January attack was captured on surveillance video. He said Baines shot the victims while another man, 31-year-old Cylar L. Shemwell, smoked a cigarette and watched. A fourth victim was critically wounded.

The prosecutor says he’s not seeking the death penalty at this time for Shemwell, who also is charged with murder.

A pretrial conference in Baines’ case is set for April.

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