Death penalty mulled in Greeley murder case |

Death penalty mulled in Greeley murder case

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) – A Weld County man accused of a brutal beating that turned fatal last year could face the death penalty if convicted.

Nineteen-year-old Alexis Chaparro-Campos pleaded not guilty Thursday in last year’s killing of Matthew Luna. Investigators say Luna died after a brutal attack near a city park last June, including being stabbed with a broken mop handle. Part of Luna’s left ear was missing. He was 22.

Weld Deputy District Attorney Steve Wrenn has 60 days to decide whether he will seek the death penalty if Chaparro-Campos is convicted. The suspect faces trial on murder and assault charges starting Nov. 29.

Chaparro-Campos is being held without bond.

Information from: Greeley Daily Tribune,

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