Prosecutors Won't Seek Death Penalty In Precious Doe Case

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Missouri prosecutors won't seek the
death penalty for a man accused of killing a 3-year-old girl once
known only as "Precious Doe."

Prosecutors previously had said they planned to seek the death
penalty for 28-year-old Harrell Johnson, of Muskogee, Okla.

But Jackson County prosecutor Jim Kanatzar announced Friday that
he would not seek death, saying the case didn't meet necessary
standards.

Kanatzar also said Johnson had agreed to have the case tried by
a local jury, even though he had won a change-of-venue motion. But
Kanatzar insists that he didn't take the death penalty off the
table in exchange for that.

Johnson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2001 death of
Erica Green. The girl's decapitated body, and later her head, were
found in a wooded area of Kansas City.


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