Prosecutors to seek death penalty in car lot slayings


CLEVELAND (AP) — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing a couple at their used car lot in Cleveland.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said Friday that Joseph McAlpin was re-indicted on capital charges in the slayings of Trina Tomola and Michael Kuznik. McAlpin was earlier indicted on aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and other charges. The new indictment includes capital specifications to some of the charges that could result in the death penalty if McAlpin is convicted.

Online court records don’t show an attorney for the 30-year-old Cleveland man.

O’Malley said in his statement that McAlpin broke into the car lot owned by Kuznik and his wife, Tomola, on April 14 and shot and killed the couple and their dog. He says McAlpin also stole a vehicle.

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