JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania apartment complex superintendent accused of having killed a man during a dispute over $20 will not face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.
The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1gtteRK ) says Cambria County prosecutors said Wednesday that the case against 27-year-old Lemmel Myers lacks the elements required to seek capital punishment.
Prosecutors alleged that Myers shot Leslie Schetrompf in July after he came to collect a $20 debt. The victim's girlfriend said he identified Myers as his assailant, saying "Make sure you tell 911 Mel shot me."
Defense attorney George Bills has argued that the shooting was justified, saying the victim threatened his client with a 2-foot-long machete.
Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, http://www.tribune-democrat.com