Montana Prosecutors Won't Seek Death in Killing of a Rockford Man

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) -- Montana prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against a defendant charged in the killing of an Illinois man kidnapped from his Billings hotel room.

   Yellowstone County Attorney Scott Twito announced the decision Monday. Simon Jacobson is charged with deliberate homicide and other crimes in the January death of 29-year-old Dejuan Laster.

   Jacobson and an accomplice allegedly posed as FBI agents to kidnap Laster and his girlfriend from the Extended Stay America hotel during a robbery. Investigators say Jacobson later admitted to shooting Laster and hiding his body in a culvert in a rural area of Yellowstone County.

   He's being held on $1 million bond after pleading not guilty.

   Montana Chief Public Defender William Hooks says his office had been preparing for a potential death penalty case.

MONTANA (WIFR) -- A Montana resident charged with the murder of a Stateline man will not be facing the death penalty.

Simon Jacobson and another man are accused of posing as FBI agents to kidnap Dejuan Laster of Rockford from a Billings, Montana hotel room. Jacobson later admitted to shooting Laster but he's plead not guilty to the murder charge. The public defender said his office was preparing for a possible death penalty case but prosecutors announced Monday they will not seek the death penalty on Jacobson.


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