Tuesday, October 17, 2006

GC Murder Case: No Death Penalty for Scott Dunn

Scott Dunn will not be worrying about facing the needle for killing his wife, Brandi Montgomery Dunn, earlier this year in Grove City. Because of the nature of the crime, he will serve life in prison if convicted. Hat tip to The Herald (Sharon, PA):
Mercer County District Attorney James P. Epstein said Monday prosecutors “are not seeking the death penalty” in the case.

Epstein was able to offer only a limited explanation for his decision, saying if he went further he would be in violation of pre-trial rules that limit what prosecutors in Pennsylvania are allowed to say about a case.

He did note, however, that the decision not to seek the death penalty was made only after a meeting with the Mrs. Dunn’s family, as well as following a thorough examination of the evidence and the circumstances surrounding the killing.

Dunn...is facing charges of first- and third-degree murder, voluntary manslaughter, abuse of a corpse and three counts of arson.
Unfortunately, with the death penalty off the table, Dunn is now in a position to plea bargain for a lesser sentence. With death on the table, he could ask for life in prison. Without the death option, he could plead to a 25-to-life sentence, calling it a "crime of passion."

Grove City residents are hoping there is justice in this particularly brutal murder. Dunn has pleaded his innocence and has come up with several stories to cover his tracks. Whether or not his crime was based on jealous rage is irrelevant. He was exceedingly violent. He tried to cover up his crime. He lied to anyone who would listen. He should spend his life behind bars.

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