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death penalty news
December 21, 2004
Prosecutors to seek death penalty in pregnant woman slaying
Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man accused of fatally
shooting his pregnant wife as she tried to flee from their home.
Johnathan Robert Tusa, 24, fired several rounds from a semiautomatic at his
wife, 21-year-old Dawn Elizabeth Tusa, early Dec. 12 as she backed out of
the couple's Penn Township home, police said. She crashed a short distance
Tusa, who as captured by police at his father's home in Mahoning County,
Ohio, is charged with homicide and homicide of an unborn child. She was two
months pregnant and police said Johnathan Tusa wanted her to end the pregnancy.
Butler County District Attorney Tim McCune said the case warranted the
death penalty. State law permits prosecutors to seek the death penalty if a
victim is in the third month of pregnancy or if the defendant knew she was
"We've consistently held that if we can prove aggravating circumstances in
a homicide, we would seek the death penalty," he said.
Tusa's attorney, Stephen Misko, declined Monday to discuss the case.
Tusa is being held in Butler County prison without bond and faces a
preliminary hearing Jan. 21.
(source: AP / CentreDaily.com)
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