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Prosecutor: Will seek death penalty in case of dead 11-month-old

Posted: February 13, 2013 at 11:05 a.m.

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty if they win a capital murder conviction against a Rogers man accused of killing an 11-month-old boy, Benton County Prosecuting Attorney Van Stone said. Michael Proffitt Jr., 38, is charged in connection with capital murder. He could be sentenced to life in prison without parole or the death penalty if convicted. Proffitt is being held without bond in the Benton County Jail. Proffitt appeared in court Wednesday morning where Stone made the statement concerning the death penalty. Stone’s statement was in response to one of the motions filed by Proffitt’s defense attorneys. The motion requested that prosecutors turn over the list of aggravating factors they have against Proffitt.

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