No death penalty sought in JCC shooting in US

December 20, 2006 21:22

Prosecutors said Wednesday they would not seek the death penalty against the man accused of shooting six people - one fatally - at a Jewish charity because of the gunman's long history of mental illness. King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng said he based his decision based on Naveed Haq's mental health records from the past decade, though he called the shooting "one of the most serious crimes that has ever occurred in this city." Haq is charged with murder in the death of Pamela Waechter, 58, director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, and with five counts of attempted murder in the attack at the federation's downtown offices on July 28. If convicted, Haq would face life in prison without parole.

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