No Death Penalty for Man Charged in Wife's Murder

Friday, Dec 13, 2013  |  Updated 5:18 AM EDT
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No Death Penalty for Man Charged in Wife's Murder

Hatfield Township Police

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Prosecutors have decided to not seek the death penalty against a southeastern Pennsylvania man facing trial in the stabbing death of his wife.

Thirty-six-year-old Walid Mitwalli of Hatfield Township in Montgomery County is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the June 7 slaying of his 30-year-old wife Mona.

Mitwalli pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first- and third-degree murder and possessing an instrument of crime.

Prosecutor Kevin Steele said investigators could not find sufficient aggravating circumstances to legally support a death sentence.

Police said Mona Mitwalli was stabbed at least 15 times as the couple's 5-year-old twin daughters slept upstairs.

Defense lawyer John McMahon Jr. said Mitwalli will wage a self-defense claim at trial.

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