State to seek death for woman accused of killing dad, child

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BARTOW, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a 25-year-old woman accused of killing her father and 6-year-old daughter.

Polk County Sheriff's detectives say Cheyanne Jessie stabbed the child and shot her father, Mark Weekly, on July 18.

Arrest reports say she left their bodies in the house until July 22, when she put their remains in plastic tote bins and stored them in her landlord's shed. He was on vacation at the time.

The Ledger of Lakeland ( ) reports that Jessie told the sheriff's department on Aug. 1 that her father and child were missing. Officials arrested Jessie after finding blood stains and knife slashes on the sofa and loveseat. Deputies say she told various stories about what happened to her father and daughter.

It's not known whether she has a lawyer to contact for comment on the case.


Information from: The Ledger (Lakeland, Fla.),

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