Convicted killer won’t face death sentence for third death

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ST. LOUIS – Prosecutors won’t seek the death penalty for a Missouri man who previously served about 17 years in prison for two killings and is now charged with a third.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it’s part of a deal in which Harry Little Sr. waived his right to a jury trial and agreed to let a judge decide the case. Little, who’s 66, is charged with first-degree murder in the November 2014 stabbing and shooting of his longtime girlfriend, Sylvia Brown.

He’ll face a maximum sentence of life in prison without parole. The trial begins next month.

His previous convictions were for killing his estranged wife, Sharon Little, in University City, in May 1977. Months later, while out on bail, Little killed a friend named Hargrove Bunting, in St. Louis.

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