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District attorney wants death penalty for suspect in killing of 2 deputies of Georgia

 

BYRON, Ga. Prosecutors say that in Georgia a man accused of fatally shooting two Peach County sheriff ‘ s deputies could face the death penalty if he is convicted.

News media report that the prosecutor David Cooke announced Thursday that his office will seek the death penalty on the 57-year-old Ralph Stanley Elrod Jr.

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A grand jury indicted Elrod this week on murder and aggravated assault charges in the November death of the 39-year-old Deputy Daryl Smallwood and 41-year-old Sgt. Patrick Sondron.

The authorities say that the deputies were shot at the approach of Elrod’s house, while responding to a report that Elrod used a gun to threaten two young men, riding on a motorcycle and a four-wheeler near his home.

Elrod was injured in a jump-off with other law enforcement after the first shooting. He is being held in jail without bond.

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