Death penalty sought in central Pa. slaying

COLUMBIA, Pa. (AP) — Prosecutors in central Pennsylvania say they plan to seek the death penalty against a man accused of having killed his estranged wife’s new boyfriend last year.

Thirty-nine-year-old Mario Casanova-Lanzo of Lancaster is charged in Lancaster County Court in the Feb. 20 slaying of 36-year-old Parrish Thaxton.

The (Lancaster) Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ( ) says prosecutors recently filed notice of intent to seek capital punishment if the defendant is convicted of first-degree murder, citing a burglary charge as an aggravating factor.

Authorities allege that Casanova-Lanzo broke into the apartment of his estranged wife and shot Thaxton in the bedroom before fleeing. Police said the suspect and his wife were married but legally separated, and she had sought protection from abuse orders alleging previous threats of violence.


Information from: Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era ,

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