- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. (AP) - Prosecutors in central Pennsylvania are no longer seeking the death penalty against a man accused of having beaten his adopted mother to death four years ago.

Forty-one-year-old Marcus Wallace of Hamilton Township is charged with first- and second-degree murder in Franklin County in the December 2009 slaying of 70-year-old Consuella Wallace.

The (Chambersburg) Public Opinion (https://bit.ly/1e7wU6D ) reports that prosecutors said in court documents that evidence uncovered about the defendant’s mental health history could be considered by jurors a mitigating factor, so the death penalty is “no longer tenable.”

Authorities say Marcus Wallace was burglarizing his adopted mother’s home in Hamilton Township when he attacked her. She died after more than a month on life-support.

District Attorney Matt Fogal said the decision was made in concert with the victim’s family.


Information from: Public Opinion, https://www.publicopiniononline.com

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