No death penalty for Hatfield Township man charged in wife death

SOUDERTON, Pa. (AP) - December 12, 2013

Thirty-six-year-old Walid Mitwalli of Hatfield Township is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the June 7 slaying of his 30-year-old wife Mona.

Mitwalli pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first- and third-degree murder and possessing an instrument of crime.

Prosecutor Kevin Steele said investigators could not find sufficient aggravating circumstances to legally support a death sentence.

Police said Mona Mitwalli was stabbed at least 15 times as the couple's 5-year-old twin daughters slept upstairs.

Defense lawyer John McMahon Jr. said Mitwalli will wage a self-defense claim at trial.

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