Missouri prosecutor to seek death penalty in killing of 2

Associated Press
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WEST PLAINS — A prosecutor in southern Missouri has filed notice that he plans to seek the death penalty for one of three people charged in the shooting deaths last month of a man and a woman near West Plains. 

The bodies of Frankie Ziegler and Richard Kuntz were found May 5 in a running car on private property. Police said they had been shot to death. 

Within days, police arrested three people in the case: Joey Allen Marcak, Levi Daniel Gunter and Kyla Croney, and all have since been charged with first-degree murder and other counts. 

Howell County Prosecutor Michael Hutchingshas filed notice this week indicating he will seek the death penalty against Marcak, Springfield television station KYTV reported. Police have said they believe Marcak was the shooter in the killings.

Croney next court appearance is set for later this month. Marcak and Gunter have hearings before a judge in early July.