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Prosecutor: Death penalty decision still months away

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SEATTLE  - King County Prosecutor Norm Maleng says he's considering whether to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing a woman at the Jewish Federation office in Seattle.

Maleng announced the aggravated murder charge and other charges today against Naveed Afzal Haq for Friday's shooting that also wounded five women. At a news conference today, Maleng said a death penalty decision is probably several months away. The only other possible sentence for the 30-year-old Tri-Cities man, if convicted of aggravated murder, would be life in prison, without the chance of release.

Maleng says aggravating factors are the burglary and kidnapping charges also filed against Haq. If one of the wounded women dies, that also would be an aggravating factor. Maleng says there is compelling evidence of premeditation.

The prosecutor says he's aware of reports of Haq's mental illness. He says many people cope with mental illness and can be held accountable for their actions.

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