Prosecutor to seek death penalty in slaying of witness, fiance |

Prosecutor to seek death penalty in slaying of witness, fiance

CENTENNIAL – Prosecutors said Wednesday they will seek the death penalty against two men accused of killing a witness in a murder case and his fiancee.Sir Mario Owens and Robert Ray face first-degree murder charges in the June 2005 shooting deaths of Javad Marshall-Fields and Vivian Wolfe, both 22.Arapahoe County District Attorney Carol Chambers said she decided to seek the death penalty after discussing the case with her staff and talking to the victims’ families. She said the families support pursuing the death penalty.Chambers declined to discuss the specifics that led to her decision.”The bottom line for us has to be that we provide a fair trial when seeking such a profound result,” she said.Prosecutors said Marshall-Fields was a witness in the shooting death of Gregory Vann at an Aurora park on July 4, 2004, and was scheduled to testify against Owens and Ray.Ray was convicted of being an accessory to murder in Vann’s death and was sentenced to 108 years in prison. Owens was convicted of first-degree murder in Vann’s death and faces life in prison without parole when he is sentenced April 3.If a jury convicts Owens and Ray of first-degree murder in Marshall-Fields and Wolfe’s deaths, it would then decide whether the death penalty should be imposed.No trial dates have been set. Chambers said several hundred motions likely will be filed in the case.Wolfe and Marshall-Fields were shot several times while they sat in a car at an Aurora intersection. They died later from their wounds.They were recently engaged and had planned to move to Virginia, where Marshall-Fields had a job lined up.

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