EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man charged in the stabbing death of his girlfriend at a western Pennsylvania car wash last summer will not face the death penalty if convicted of first-degree murder.
Twenty-one-year-old Demetrius Gibson of Johnstown is charged in the Aug. 6 slaying of 21-year-old Elizabeth Ann Miller in Moxham.
The (Johnstown) Tribune-Democrat (http://bit.ly/1aSOkBx ) says prosecutors told a Cambria County judge during Gibson's arraignment Tuesday that they would not seek the death penalty.
State law requires a defendant and his attorney to be notified if prosecutors plan to seek execution.
At a hearing last month, a witness said Gibson and Miller had been fighting the night before the stabbing.
Defense attorney Thomas Dickey said he will seek a jury trial on charges of criminal homicide, aggravated assault and simple assault.
Information from: The Tribune-Democrat, http://www.tribune-democrat.com