Defense lawyers fight man’s death penalty charges

By The Associated Press

FORT WAYNE — Defense lawyers for a northeastern Indiana man awaiting trial in four slayings in 2016 say he shouldn’t face death penalty charges in the case.

Lawyers for 23-year-old Marcus Dansby this week filed paperwork asking a judge to throw out the death penalty as an option, saying Indiana’s death penalty law is unconstitutional. The Fort Wayne man was 20 years old at the time of the killings and they say he was too young to get that possible punishment.

Allen County Prosecutor Karen Richards has declined to discuss the Dansby case. The trial is scheduled to start April 16 .

Dansby is charged in the fatal September 2016 shootings and stabbings of three people in Fort Wayne, including his ex-girlfriend. Prosecutors filed four murder charges because Dansby’s ex-girlfriend was eight months pregnant.

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