PLEASANT GROVE, Ala. — Prosecutors say they’ll seek the death penalty for an Alabama man charged with capital murder in a man’s death during a robbery. reports Judge David Carpenter set a Jan. 29, 2018 trial date Thursday for 20-year-old Roderick Derrell King and re-ordered a mental evaluation. King has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.

King is charged in the January 2016 slaying of 21-year-old Ashton Blake Roberts during a robbery at Jack’s in Pleasant Grove. He’s also accused of carrying out two robberies on the same night in two other cities.

At the time of his arrest, King was charged in a 2014 robbery. He was charged with bribery of a public servant in October 2016 for offering to pay a jail deputy to smuggle in contraband.

Information from: The Birmingham News,

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