- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 17, 2016

DENVER (AP) - Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against an inmate accused of stabbing a correctional officer to death and trying to kill another.

Crowley County District Attorney Jim Bullock announced Wednesday he will seek the death penalty against convicted child rapist Miguel Alonso Contreras-Perez in the death of Sgt. Mary Ricard at the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility on Sept. 24, 2012. Perez also is accused of stabbing Sgt. Lori Gann the same day.

The Denver Post reports (http://goo.gl/WsRSXi ) Contreras-Perez has fired his state public defenders and is planning to represent himself.

Ricard’s daughter, Katie Smith, says she has asked Bullock many times not to seek the death penalty, which she does not agree with. Bullock says he can’t comment on his decision because the judge has barred any statements about the case outside of court.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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