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Man To Face Death Penalty In Vegas Slaying Case

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — A 45-year-old will face the death penalty in the burglary-slaying of a Las Vegas woman at her home in July, but the woman’s daughter and an alleged getaway driver will not.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/pw6B47 ) that prosecutors decided Tuesday to seek capital charges against Joseph Perez in the strangulation of 68-year-old Katherine Cole.

Perez is accused of burglarizing Cole’s home with Cole’s 44-year-old daughter, Autumn Dudley Cole, and 38-year-old accused getaway driver Lorenzo Cardenas Sanchez.

The three have pleaded not guilty to felony charges including murder, kidnapping and robbery.

Prosecutors allege they were burglarizing the home to get cash to buy drugs.

Trial is scheduled Oct. 24 in Clark County District Court.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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