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Feb 20, 2013 9:02 AM by AP

Death penalty off table in Musso case

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Prosecutors say a 22-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of killing his 76-year-old grandfather nearly four years ago will not face the death penalty when he stands trial Dec. 2.

East Baton Rouge Parish First Assistant District Attorney Prem Burns says she discussed with the victim's family taking the death penalty off the table in order to try Dustin Musso in the May 2009 slaying of Peter Musso.

A sanity hearing is scheduled in the case March 12 to determine if Musso is competent to proceed.

Peter Musso's body was discovered May 5, 2009, by firefighters while they put out a fire at his home. Police have said investigators believe the fire was set to cover up his death.


Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com




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