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Death penalty to be sought in 1992 slaying of midstate teacher

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 5, 2018 8:16 AM
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This Monday, June 25, 2018, photo provided by the Lancaster County District Attorney's Office shows Raymond Charles Rowe, of Lancaster, Pa., a disc jockey arrested Monday and charged with criminal homicide in the 1992 strangulation death of schoolteacher Christy Mirack. Investigators used genealogical information from a close relative and DNA evidence to identify the disc jockey, who uses the professional handle DJ Freez, as the suspect in the long unsolved killing. (Lancaster County District Attorney's Office via AP)

(Lancaster) -- A prosecutor has announced plans to seek the death penalty against the man charged in the 1992 sexual assault and strangulation of an elementary school teacher in Lancaster County.

LNP newspaper reports that the Lancaster County district attorney's office gave notice last week of intent to seek capital punishment if 49-year-old Raymond Rowe is convicted of first-degree murder.

Rowe was charged earlier this year with criminal homicide, rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and burglary in the death of 25-year-old Christy Mirack in East Lampeter Township.

Prosecutors said the death penalty would be warranted because the killing was committed during the sexual assault and burglary felonies.

Police were unable to identify Rowe as a suspect until they uncovered genealogical data leading them to the professional DJ.

His attorney declined comment.

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