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Death penalty off table in deaths of 2 black men

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The death penalty is off the table for a 24-year-old white man accused of killing two black men, apparently at random, in Louisiana.

The Advocate reports that prosecutor Dana Cummings told a judge in Baton Rouge that one victim's family doesn't want death for Kenneth Gleason.

He's charged with second-degree murder of 59-year-old Bruce Cofield on Sept. 12 and first-degree murder of 49-year-old Donald Smart two days later. He's also charged with two counts of attempted second-degree murder for allegedly shooting into the home of the only black family on his block.

Police have called Cofield's and Baker's deaths random and possibly racially motivated. Authorities say Gleason shot each from his car, then got out and kept firing while standing over the victims.

His trial is scheduled March 11.

Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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