Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Alleged Midtown shooter won't face the death penalty

Posted By on Wed, Oct 12, 2011 at 5:13 PM

At a court hearing earlier today, the state announced that it won't seek the death sentence for Nkosi Thandiwe, the 22-year-old security guard accused of killing 26-year-old Brittney Watts, paralyzing Lauren Garcia and wounding Tiffany Ferenczy when he opened fire in a Midtown parking garage in July.

CL contacted District Attorney Paul Howard's office for comment, but hasn't heard back.

Thandiwe was supposed to enter a plea today, but was granted another hearing on November 16 when his attorney, Rickey Richardson, argued he hadn't been notified about today's hearing and that a psychological evaluation of his client has yet to be completed. The AJC interpreted that as a "hint" that Thandiwe's defense will revolve around his mental health.

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