Dayton Daily News

Death penalty sought in bank killing

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A Florida state attorney said Friday he would seek the death penalty against the man charged in the fatal shooting last month of five women at a SunTrust bank branch in Sebring, Florida. On Jan. 23, the suspect, Zephen A. Xaver, 21, burst into the branch, according to an affidavit released last month. He then made the five women inside the bank lay facedown on the floor, and he fatally shot each one, the affidavit states. A

t a news conference Friday, state attorney Brian Haas said he would seek the death penalty. “As this case moves forward, I will seek the ultimate punishment,” he said.

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