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Death penalty sought against suspect in deputy's slaying

Posted April 8, 2008
Updated December 5, 2008

— Prosecutors said they plan to seek the death penalty against one of two men charged with killing an off-duty Warren County deputy two years ago.

Investigators said they believe Deputy Michael Leonforte was heading home on Sept. 5, 2006, when he drove up to two men standing in the road. The men tried to rob Leonforte after he stopped, and they shot him, authorities said.

Quante Seward and Montellus Burchette were arrested the following day and charged with Leonforte's death.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Seward.


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  • Steve Crisp Apr 8, 2008

    Why on earth has this taken over two years to get to a trial phase? If the defense attorney has requested delay, why did the state allow them to? And if the DA was the one, then what does that say about the efficiency of our court system?

  • OrdinaryCitizen Apr 8, 2008

    They actually had to think about this? You kill a person of the law it should be mandatory.

  • DOG Apr 8, 2008

    It's the only way to stop them.

  • garnertoy Apr 8, 2008

    i agree

  • FromClayton Apr 8, 2008

    Bring it on!