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Prosecutor decides to seek death penalty against man for killing husband of high school friend


GREENVILLE, South Carolina — Prosecutors in Pickens County say they will seek the death penalty against a man who killed the husband of a high school friend to share in his $250,000 life insurance policy.

Court records obtained by The Greenville News ( ) show prosecutors are seeking a death sentence against 36-year-old Marcus Johnson because he killed to get money and on behalf of someone else.

Authorities say Johnson shot and killed 38-year-old Shane Williams in January 2014 after his wife, Crystal, unlocked their door, then woke her husband up and asked him to put more wood in their heater.

Crystal Williams pleaded guilty to murder in November to avoid the death penalty and was sentenced to life in prison.

A trial date for Johnson on murder and other charges has not been set.

Information from: The Greenville News,

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