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Jury mulls death penalty in slaying of Marine, his wife

Jun. 20, 2013 - 10:40AM   |  
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RIVERSIDE, CALIF. — Jurors in Riverside County are deciding whether to recommend the death penalty for two men convicted of killing a Camp Pendleton Marine sergeant and his wife.

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says jurors began deliberating Wednesday on whether to recommend death or life in prison for 25-year-old Tyrone Miller and 23-year-old Emrys John.

The former Marines and a colleague, 25-year-old Kevin Cox, were convicted of murder earlier this month.

Prosecutors say they went to the French Valley home of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak to rob him in 2008. They attacked him and sexually assaulted his wife before killing the newlyweds.

A second jury reached a penalty recommendation for Cox last week, but it is sealed until a decision is made for Miller and John.

A fourth man, Kesaun Sykes, is awaiting trial.

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