Ohio Sniper Suspect Could Face Death Penalty

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An Ohio prosecutor will seek the death penalty against Charles A. McCoy Jr., the accused central Ohio serial sniper, reports the Columbus Dispatch. A Franklin County grand jury returned a 24-count indictment against McCoy yesterday. Among the charges: aggravated murder, murder, felonious assault, and attempted murder in the shooting that killed Gail Knisley, a grandmother who was riding in a car with a friend on the south Outerbelt last November.

Prosecutor Ron O'Brien said the death penalty could be sought because “we are alleging there was a course of conduct over a period of time in which one person was killed and others were attempted to be killed.”

The 12 shootings cited in the indictment have been linked to McCoy's 9 mm Beretta pistol that his mother said she found stuffed in pieces under his mattress in February, two days after the last shooting from a highway overpass. McCoy, 28, was arrested March 17 in Las Vegas after a resident found his car parked outside a budget motel. His mother said McCoy has paranoid schizophrenia.

Link: http://www.dispatch.com/reports-story.php?story=dispatch/2004/04/02/20040402-A1-00.html

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