Prosecutors to push for death penalty for man convicted of murder
(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.