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Prosecutors to push for death penalty for man convicted of murder

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(KTVI)– A mid-Missouri prosecutor will push for the death penalty in the case of a man once convicted of murder in St. Louis 50 years ago.

Joseph Arbeiter was charged earlier this spring with killing and dismembering a 35-year-old woman in Pettis County.

Mandy Black’s body was found in a Sedalia mobile home park. He’s also accused of rape.

Prosecutors say the rape allegation, along with Arbeiter’s conviction in 1963 for killing a St. Louis mother, were aggravating circumstances that support the push for a death penalty case.

Arbeiter’s convictions in the 1963 case were overturned twice on legal technicalities.

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