Missouri man charged in motel mass murder won’t face death penalty

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) – Greene County prosecutors say they won’t seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing four people in a Springfield motel last year.

The decision was announced Monday during a court hearing for Scott Goodwin-Bey, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder and four counts of armed criminal action.

Investigators allege Goodwin-Bey shot four people at an Economy Inn in November 2014, apparently because he believed the victims were drug informants.

The Springfield News-Leader reports Greene County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Todd Myers says not seeking the death penalty keeps the case on track to go to trial March 7.

Information from: Springfield News-Leader