Prosecutors Seek New Penalty Phase In Jewelry Store Murders

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) _ Prosecutors have filed a motion seeking a new penalty trial for a New York man sentenced to life in prison for killing a husband and wife during a robbery at their Fairfield jewelry store.

Christopher DiMeo was convicted this year of killing Kim and Tim Donnelly.in February 2005. He faced the possibility of the death during the penalty phase, but instead got a life sentence.

The Connecticut Post reports that Senior Assistant State’s Attorney Joseph Corradino says in a motion filed Tuesday that the state is entitled to a new penalty trial because the jury failed to render a unanimous verdict.

DiMeo’s lawyers have said their client does not deserve death because he did not go to the store intending to kill anyone.

The motion could be heard May 6.
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Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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