El Jebel murder suspect may not face death penalty

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - A man accused of killing his aunt and uncle in El Jebel may not face the death penalty.

Fifth Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown told Judge Russell Granger on Monday that his lawyers are leaning against seeking capital punishment for 33-year-old Williams Anderson Amaya.

Outside court, Brown said that case doesn't seem to meet the "discretionary criteria" of a capital case. The Aspen Times reports that he declined to elaborate.

Amaya rented a room from his aunt and uncle and is accused of shooting 40-year-old Mayra Lopez and her husband, 42-year-old Eliseo Lopez, on July 12.

Prosecutors also say he targeted the couple's teenage sons, who weren't harmed. Witnesses say the shootings happened after an argument over the family dog.

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