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Death penalty sought in police officer's shooting death

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 22, 2018 1:56 PM
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The electronic sign for Mount Saint Peter Church displays an image of New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw on Monday, Nov. 20, 2017, in New Kensington, Pa. The funeral for Shaw, who was shot and killed after a traffic stop on Friday, will be held at the church on Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)


(New Kensington) -- Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a western Pennsylvania man accused of killing a police officer and then leading law enforcement on a four-day manhunt with the help of his mother.

The Westmoreland County district attorney's office has filed a notice of intent to seek capital punishment if 29-year-old Rahmael Holt is convicted of first-degree murder.

Holt is charged with shooting 25-year-old New Kensington officer Brian Shaw as the officer chased him on foot after an attempted traffic stop Nov. 17.

Holt was arrested four days later in Pittsburgh. Defense attorney Justin Ketchel has called the evidence against his client "scant."

Prosecutors say the manhunt was prolonged by conflicting narratives told by the suspect's mother about when she had last seen her son. She has been charged with hindering apprehension.

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