Prosecutors may seek death penalty for man accused of killing couple who stopped to help him

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Federal prosecutors may seek the death penalty for an 18-year-old man charged in the deaths of a husband and wife who authorities say stopped to offer him help on the side of the road on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation.

A new grand jury indictment filed Friday includes death as a possible punishment if Jesus Deniz Mendoza of Worland, Wyoming, is convicted of two counts of first-degree murder and carjacking that resulted in death.

The original indictment filed Aug. 6 sought life in prison for the shooting deaths of 51-year-old Jason Shane 47-year-old Tana Shane in the town of Pryor. Their daughter, Jorah Shane, was wounded in the July 26 shooting.

Investigators say the family stopped to help a man who claimed to be having car trouble. They say Deniz demanded money and opened fire after they said they had none.


This story has been clarified to show federal prosecutors might seek the death penalty, not are seeking the death penalty.