Monday, October 30, 2006

Death Penalty Sought In Videotaped Sex Killing

Prosecutors in Missouri said they would seek the death penalty for a couple charged with murder in one case and also facing charges in a videotaped sex killing.

A Clay County grand jury on Tuesday handed up a murder indictment against Richard Davis and Dena Riley in the strangling and suffocation death of Michelle Ricci. Her remains were found in May in a wooded area in rural Clay County.

Prosecutors said the couple's criminal history was a factor in their decision to pursue the death penalty.

The two are also charged with murder, kidnapping, sodomy, rape and assault in the videotaped sexual assault and strangling of Marsha Spicer in Independence.

Prosecutors haven't decided whether to pursue the death penalty in that case.

Clay County Prosecutor Dan White filed papers Tuesday in the case against Davis and Riley.
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