No death penalty for accused killer with Nazi tattoos

Prosecutors say they will seek life sentence without the possibility of parole

Brent Luyster, accused of killing 3 people and wounding another, in a Clark County court appearance, August 1, 2016 (KOIN)
Brent Luyster, accused of killing 3 people and wounding another, in a Clark County court appearance, August 1, 2016 (KOIN)

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Prosecutors say they will not seek the death penalty against a man accused in a Woodland triple homicide and attempted jail escape.

The Columbian reports Clark County Prosecuting Attorney Tony Golik notified Brent Luyster’s defense team Thursday of the decision.

Accused killer Brent Luyster smiles as he enters a Vancouver court for his first appearance on 3 counts of 1st-degree murder, July 18, 2016 (KOIN)
Accused killer Brent Luyster smiles as he enters a Vancouver court for his first appearance on 3 counts of 1st-degree murder, July 18, 2016 (KOIN)

Golik says his office will seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole.

Luyster’s lawyer says he plans to plead not guilty Monday to three counts of aggravated murder, attempted murder, unlawful possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon by a jail inmate, malicious mischief and attempted escape.

Aggravated murder is the only charge in Washington that carries the possibility of the death penalty.

Luyster is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Mark Lamar, Zachary David Thompson and Janell Renee Knight on July 15. A fourth person was shot and critically injured.

Brent Luyster in an undated photo provided by the Clark County Sheriff's Office, July 16, 2016
Brent Luyster in an undated photo provided by the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, July 16, 2016