No death penalty for suspect in brother’s death
GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado – A prosecutor says he won’t seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting his brother at their home in Rifle last December.
Twenty-year-old Heath Johnston has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to first-degree murder in the death of his brother, Samuel. Police say Heath Johnston told them his brother was unhappy and asked to be killed. Johnston is jailed in lieu of $2 million bond.
District Attorney Martin Beeson told The Daily Sentinel for a story in Tuesday editions that the case involves a family and that the death penalty didn’t seem appropriate.
Information from: The Daily Sentinel, http://www.gjsentinel.com