- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

PARK HILLS, Mo. (AP) - An eastern Missouri prosecutor says he plans to seek the death penalty for a 27-year-old Park Hills man accused of fatally stabbing his stepfather.

Justin Kozik is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in connection with the February 2013 death of Steven Wells. Police say Wells was stabbed more than a dozen times. Kozik told police he was defending himself from being stabbed by Wells.

The Daily Journal newspaper in Park Hills, Mo. (bit.ly/1iviMrF ) reports that St. Francois County Prosecuting Attorney Jerrod Mahurin disclosed his capital punishment plans at a Wednesday court hearing.

Kozik also faces charges of first-degree burglary and misdemeanor stealing in a separate case involving an alleged break-in at a Desloge home where his ex-girlfriend was staying.

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Information from: Daily Journal, https://dailyjournalonline.com


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