SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) - Sonoma County prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against a man accused in a triple slaying during a botched marijuana deal last year.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported Monday that 47-year-old Mark William Cappello has been charged with murder and the special circumstances of murder for financial gain and murder by lying in wait.
Authorities say the victims intended to buy a large quantity of marijuana but were shot dead instead.
Two other defendants, 66-year-old Francis Dwyer and his son, 39-year-old Odin Leonard Dwyer, are also facing trial. The father and son were seen traveling with Cappello.
The newspaper says it's the first time Sonoma County prosecutors have sought the death penalty since the 1995 shotgun slaying of Deputy Frank Trejo. Robert Scully Jr. was sentenced to death and is still on Death Row.