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Boston Bomber Suspect Could Face Death:  The Associated Press reports that suspected Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could face the death penalty under federal prosecution. Although Massachusetts does not have the death penalty, Tsarnaev is expected to be charged federally with using weapons of mass destruction to kill people, which is a capital offense. Because of the nature of the attack, Tsarnaev will be interrogated by the High-Value Detainee Interrogation Team, a group of CIA officers who have been involved in questioning prominent terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay. The suspect will be tried in a civilian court, rather than as an enemy combatant, because he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in September 2012. According to a report by the Boston Herald, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino would support a death penalty sentence, saying that Tsarnaev "should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law." Continued from this News Scan.

NC Killer's Death Penalty Trial Delayed Over Mental Evaluation:  WRAL News reports that Mario Andretti McNeill, charged with the murder, rape and kidnapping of Shaniya Davis, 5, has had his trial delayed pending questions of his mental capacity. The child's body was found on November 16, 2009 six days after her mother had reported she was missing. McNeill's capital murder trial was put on hold when defense attorney's asserted he may not have the mental capacity to proceed. Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons has postponed the trial, ordering jurors to reconvene next Monday.  The judge has ordered an independent mental evaluation for McNeill, to be conducted this week. McNeill is alleged to have taken Davis from her mother, Antoinette Nicole Davis, because the woman failed to pay a drug debt. The mother is also facing multiple charges including first-degree murder, indecent liberties with a child, and human trafficking.

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