Prosecutor won't seek death penalty for Michelle Despain

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    Michelle Despain. Photo courtesy kait8.com/Jonesboro PD.
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    JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) - A prosecutor says he won't seek the death penalty for a northeast Arkansas woman charged in a plot to kill her husband.

    Prosecutor Scott Ellington said Tuesday he won't pursue the death penalty for Michelle Despain.

    Ellington's announcement comes after he said he spoke with the parents of Despain's late husband, Marc Despain.

    Prosecutors say Michelle Despain hired a man to kill her husband, who was shot to death at the couple's home in 2011. Three other people charged in the case pleaded guilty and have been sentenced to prison.

    Michelle Despain was previously slated to go on trial this month, but that proceeding has been postponed.

    One of her lawyers, Bill Stanley, wants her to be tried outside of Craighead County.

    A judge hasn't ruled on that request yet.

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