SCRANTON, Pennsylvania — Two men have pleaded not guilty to charges that they killed a northeastern Pennsylvania college student after a night of partying last spring.
Eighteen-year-old Ryan Harding and 22-year-old Marlon Clotter are charged in Lackawanna County in the May 5 death of 22-year-old Lackawanna College student Rahsan Crowder.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Klein said Wednesday that prosecutors will not seek the death penalty if the defendants are convicted of first-degree murder. They are also charged with third-degree murder.
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune (http://bit.ly/1aGCy2a ) says defense attorneys argued that the evidence doesn't support murder charges because there is no indication of premeditation.
Prosecutors countered that the pistol jammed twice before they allege that Harding shot Crowder in the chest. They allege that Clotter encouraged the shooting and provided the weapon.
Information from: The Times-Tribune, http://thetimes-tribune.com/