- Associated Press - Friday, June 26, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A prosecutor says he’ll pursue the death penalty against a Pittsburgh man charged with killing three people in two days.

Twenty-year-old Theodore Smedley was already jailed in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Rasheed Strader in Pittsburgh on March 24, 2014 when a grand jury indicted him earlier this month for two killings the next day.

That’s when Pittsburgh police found the bodies of 36-year-old Jamarow Trowery and 18-year-old Rashad Freeman shot inside a Cadillac Escalade.

Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. says he’ll continue to seek the death penalty in appropriate cases despite a moratorium on capital punishment imposed by Gov. Tom Wolf.

The DA must prove various aggravating factors to obtain a death penalty. In this case Zappala cited several, including the multiple killing at one scene and Smedley’s significant criminal record.



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