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Murder Suspect Won't Face Death Penalty

Murder Suspect Won't Face Death Penalty



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(Belleville-AP) -- The man suspected in the unsolved murder of a University of Utah student in 1999 won't face the death penalty in three murders in Illinois.

Donald Younge, Junior is charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the slayings of three East St. Louis prostitutes in 1999.

He also faces rape charges in the assault of a fourth prostitute, a key witness in the case who was found dead two weeks ago. But now, St. Clair County prosecutors say that impairs their case and say they will no longer seek the death penalty.

Officials say that woman's murder appears unrelated to the case.

Younge also faces rape charges in the attack of a University of Utah student in 1996 and is also a suspect in the death of another University of Utah student in 1999 who was stabbed to death.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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