DA seeks death penalty in eastern Pa. shootout

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against an Allentown man charged with taking part in a shootout at an eastern Pennsylvania social club that killed a woman and injured five other people.

Northampton County Assistant District Attorney Terry Houck said in court documents Thursday that 32-year-old Rene Figueroa deserves death for killing 23-year-old Yolanda Morales outside the Puerto Rican Beneficial Society in Bethlehem.

Authorities say the December shooting stemmed from an argument earlier inside the club.

Another defendant, 40-year-old Javier Rivera-Alvarado, is charged with attempted homicide and related offenses.

The (Easton) Express-Times reports (http://bit.ly/Z4TRj2 ) that prosecutors are seeking to try Rivera-Alvarado and Figueroa together.

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Information from: The (Easton, Pa.) Express-Times, http://www.lehighvalleylive.com

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