Couple Accused of Murdering Boy Could Face Death Penalty

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Prosecutors are considering the death penalty for a mother and stepfather who pleaded not guilty to murder and felony child abuse in a case alleging they beat the woman's 7-year-old son to death for lying about reading the Bible.

An aide to Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said Wednesday that a decision could be made next week about whether Dina Palmer and Markiece Palmer will face capital murder charges in the death of Roderick "RJ" Arrington.

The boy died last Nov. 30 at a Las Vegas hospital, after authorities say child welfare investigators failed to respond to school officials' concerns about his injuries.

Dina Palmer and Markiece Palmer entered their pleas Tuesday in Clark County District Court. A judge scheduled a March 27 hearing to set a trial date.


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