Man Won't Face Death Penalty In Fatal Neb Shooting

DAKOTA CITY, Neb. (AP) - A man charged in connection with the death of a South Sioux City woman in northeast Nebraska will not face the death penalty.

Prosecutors in February had filed documents indicating they would seek the death penalty for 22-year-old Raymond Frank Gonzalez. He is accused of shooting 28-year-old Bonnie Baker to death. She was found Dec. 15 in a mobile home park.

The Sioux City Journal reports that prosecutors rescinded the death penalty request. They would not discuss what prompted the change with reporters.

Gonzales has denied shooting Baker. Two others also face charges.

Gonzales' trial is set to begin July 15 in Dakota County District Court. He faces a life sentence if convicted of first-degree murder..

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