Death penalty considered for 2 Colorado Springs men

Posted at 12:41 PM, Apr 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-17 14:41:11-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Prosecutors are considering pursuing the death penalty for two Colorado Springs men accused of pulling the trigger during the executions of a pair of high school students.

The Gazette reports Prosecutor Jim Bentley said Monday the District Attorney's Office hasn't ruled out death penalty bids against first-degree murder suspects Diego Chacon and Marco Garcia-Bravo.

The men's arraignments are scheduled for May 7. If the men plead not guilty, prosecutors would have 63 days to file notice of a capital case under Colorado law.

Garcia-Bravo and Chacon are among 10 people charged in a conspiracy that culminated in the March 2017 abductions and shootings of Derek Greer and Natalie Cano-Partida, two Coronado High School students, at close range over a gang rivalry.

Five people were charged with first-degree murder in the teens' slayings. Prosecutors cut plea deals for two of them.