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Prosecutor seeking death penalty for first time

James McAlpine James McAlpine

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors have re-indicted a man accused of killing two people, and they are now seeking the death penalty.

This marks the first case for new Prosecutor Tim McGinty seeking the death penalty.

McGinty had made it clear he would be relying on an internal committee to decide which cases to pursue for death based on the severity of the crime, the chances of conviction, feelings of relatives of victims and the likelihood the case would stand up on appeal.

The man facing the new charge is James McAlpine. Prosecutors say McAlpine killed Keisha Freeman and Reshaun Foster in separate shootings in Cleveland just weeks apart last year.

The Prosecutor's Office says Tim McGinty decided to seek death in this case "under the course of conduct standard" since the killings happened so close together.

McApline will be arraigned on the new charges on Tuesday.

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