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LA County DA Gascón won't seek death penalty for pair charged with torturing, killing boy, 10

Added 05-07-21 12:29:02am EST - “A prosecutor with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office is blasting DA George Gasc” - Foxnews.com

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A prosecutor with the Los Angeles County district attorney's office is blasting DA George Gascón's Thursday decision to drop the office's bid for the death penalty in the case of a woman and her boyfriend accused of torturing and killing her 10-year-old son. 

"This is not based upon new evidence," Deputy District Attorney Jonathan Hatami said, according to the City News Service. "This is not based upon new mitigation or new law. I stand by the special-circumstances committee decision that I announced to the court on the record two years ago."

In 2019, then-District Attorney Jackie Lacey’s office announced it would seek the death penalty for defendants Heather Maxine Barron, 31, and Kareem Ernesto Leiva, 35.

The two have been charged with torture and murder with the special circumstance of murder involving torture in the June 2018 killing of Barron’s son, Anthony Avalos. 

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