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DA to seek death penalty in shotgun slayings

Published June 18. 2014 05:01PM

STROUDSBURG (AP) Prosecutors in eastern Pennsylvania say they plan to seek the death penalty in the shotgun slayings of a father and stepson earlier this year, but that will change if a psychiatric evaluation indicates that the defendant was mentally ill at the time of the homicides.

The Pocono Record reports that Monroe County District Attorney David Christine said Tuesday that he currently plans to seek capital punishment if 55-year-old Gary Flyte is convicted of first-degree murder.

Flyte is charged in the shooting deaths of 54-year-old Jeffrey Place and 30-year-old Steven Powell at their home near Kunkletown in March. Authorities said he also killed the family dog and tried to shoot Place's wife.

Police say the defendant told officers that voices told him to shoot the victims.

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