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Angel Morales-Larranaga could face death penalty

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Angel Morales-Larranaga, 29, could be facing the death penalty. Angel Morales-Larranaga, 29, could be facing the death penalty.
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Angel Morales-Larranaga, 29, could be facing the death penalty. In July of 2014, Larranaga was arrested in Post Falls for allegedly killing his girlfriend and her six year old daughter by means of strangulation. He is currently facing two felony first degree murder charges and is in Kootenai County Jail on a $2 million bond.

Kootenai County Prosecutor Barry McHugh recently filed an Intent to Seek the death penalty. Since the state enacted a new death penalty statute in 1977 the state has only executed three people while 11 are currently sitting on death row. Texas, however, since reinstating the death penalty in 1982 has executed more than 500 inmates.

McHugh says once an Intent to Seek is filed, it's up to the Jury on whether or not the death penalty will be issued. In Idaho there are three crimes that are punishable by death; first degree murder, aggravated kidnapping and perjury causing the execution of an innocent person.

In Larranaga's case, first degree murder is only punishable by death if the jury finds it meets certain aggravated circumstances. These range from the crime being especially heinous (involving torture) or the defendant killing or trying to kill more than one person at the same time, both of which the state alleges against Larranaga in their Intent to Seek.

KHQ was unable to contact Larranaga's attorney John Adams, however, he told the Spokesman Review that last month his client offered to plead guilty to both charges in exchange for spending the rest of his life in prison.

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