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Lancaster Co. man could face death penalty after conviction in 2 slayings

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 13, 2017 2:21 PM
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(Lancaster) -- A man could face the death penalty after being convicted in the stabbing deaths of a Pennsylvania woman and her 16-year-old daughter who were scheduled to testify against him in a child sex assault case.

Lancaster County prosecutors have said they will seek capital punishment against 40-year-old Leeton Thomas, who was convicted Tuesday of two counts of first-degree murder in the June 2015 slayings of 44-year-old Lisa Sheetz and her daughter Hailey.

Prosecutors cited DNA evidence and eyewitness testimony from a then-15-year-old daughter who survived multiple stab wounds and told rescuers that Thomas, once a family friend, was the killer. Defense attorney Douglas Conrad cited discrepancies in testimony and physical evidence.

Jurors will hear testimony beginning Wednesday on whether he should be sentenced to death or life without parole.

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Information from: LNP, http://lancasteronline.com

An earlier story appears below.

(Lancaster) -- Jurors are deliberated the fate of a man accused of having stabbed a Pennsylvania woman and her 16-year-old daughter to death because they were scheduled to testify against him in a child sex assault case.

Lancaster County prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty if jurors convict 39-year-old Leeton Thomas of first-degree murder in the June 2015 slayings of 44-year-old Lisa Sheetz and her daughter Hailey.

Defense attorney Douglas Conrad cited discrepancies in testimony and physical evidence during his closing argument Tuesday, saying "This is how an innocent man gets convicted."

Prosecutors cited DNA evidence and eyewitness testimony from a 15-year-old daughter who survived multiple stab wounds and told rescuers that Thomas, once a family friend, was the killer.

An earlier story is below:

Closing arguments are slated Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of having stabbed a Pennsylvania woman and her 16-year-old daughter to death because they were scheduled to testify against him in a child sex assault case.

Lancaster County prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty if jurors convict 39-year-old Leeton Thomas of first-degree murder in the June 2015 slayings of 44-year-old Lisa Sheetz and her daughter Hailey.

A state police investigator testified Monday that Thomas asked to be shot in the head after being charged.

The defendant's wife testified that he went to bed with her that night and woke up when police came four hours later. Defense attorney Douglas Conrad elicited testimony about a neighbor of the victims.

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