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Md. Won’t Seek Death Penalty In Double Homicide

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OAKLAND, Md. (AP) — The Garrett County state’s attorney has withdrawn its notice of intent to seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing two people in Oakland.

Jeffrey Minnick, 46, of Accident is charged with two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths in June of a man and woman in Oakland.

Minnick is accused of fatally stabbing Jessica Baker, 18, and Timothy Lax, 24. Their bodies were found in a wooded near of Oakland.

The Times-News of Cumberland reports that State’s Attorney Lisa Thayer Welch said the state intends to seek a sentence of life without parole in the case.

A motions hearing was set for Tuesday but has been postponed until Dec. 27.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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