Death sought in dismembered teen case

Police say teen was shot then dismembered by chainsaw
August 7, 2009 7:33:11 AM PDT
Prosecutors in suburban Philadelphia say they plan to seek the death penalty against a man charged with the alleged murder and dismemberment of a suburban Philadelphia teenager last fall.

Chester County prosecutors accuse 29-year-old Laquanta Chapman of Coatesville of killing 16-year-old Aaron Turner, who disappeared Oct. 30. Authorities allege that he was shot and dismembered with a chain saw, and the remains were then left along the road in trash bags for pickup.

Prosecutors cited Chapman's prior record and evidence that the alleged crime may have been drug-related.

Defense attorney Michael Noone says the decision to seek the death penalty comes as no surprise. He says he does not concede the aggravating factors cited by prosecutors and could challenge them if his client is convicted.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against 19-year-old Bryan Byrd of Newark, N.J., who is also charged in the case.

Information from: Daily Local News,

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