No death penalty in text message love triangle killing

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - August 6, 2010

Chester County District Attorney Joe Carroll says the June slaying of landscaping business owner /*Kevin Mengel*/ doesn't meet the conditions required to pursue the death penalty.

Authorities say text messages show 34-year-old Morgan Mengel enlisted the help of her lover, one of her husband's employees, in the slaying. Twenty-one-year-old /*Stephen Shappell*/ allegedly beat Kevin Mengel to death with a shovel after /*Morgan Mengel*/ tried to poison him.

Kevin Mengel's body was discovered behind a high school in Newtown Square on June 26.

Both suspects are being held without bail.

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