WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — A man facing trial in the slayings of three people, including a 15-year-old girl, during what northeastern Pennsylvania authorities call a botched drug deal is asking that the proceedings be moved to another county.
Luzerne County prosecutors have said they plan to seek the death penalty against 19-year-old Shawn Hamilton of Nanticoke in the July shootings in Plymouth. Defense attorneys are seeking a venue change and want the death penalty taken off the table.
Attorneys for Hamilton’s 16-year-old half brother asked Friday that his case be moved to juvenile court.
Authorities allege that the two killed 21-year-old Bradley Swartwood, 17-year-old Nicholas Maldonado and 15-year-old Lisa Abaunza in a July robbery. Another man was wounded.
Hamilton told reporters in October that his brother was innocent and that he acted in self-defense.