Death penalty option removed for man in parents’ slayings

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Prosecutors say a Virginia man accused of fatally shooting his parents on Easter Sunday in 2016 will no longer face the possibility of the death penalty.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports Henrico Commonwealth’s Attorney Shannon Taylor filed a formal notice Thursday in the capital murder case against 24-year-old William Roy Brissette.

“Based on the information … provided to date, we felt it was the appropriate action to take at this time,” Taylor told the newspaper. But she declined to discuss specifics as to why prosecutors decided to withdraw the death penalty as an option.

Fifty-nine-year-old Henry J. Brissette III and 56-year-old Martha B. Brissette were found dead March 27, 2016, in the home they shared with their son.

Brissette has been diagnosed with schizophrenia and was found incompetent in April.


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