WEST PALM BEACH (CBSMiami/AP) – A man accused of killing a witness will not face the death penalty because prosecutors missed the deadline to notify the court that they would be seeking it.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Police Confirm Shooting Death Of Rapper Wavy Navy Pooh Near Zoo Miami
Palm Beach County Circuit Judge John Kastrenakes has ruled that the state attorney’s office had failed to meet a 45-day deadline included in Florida’s new death penalty law.
Court records show that 28-year-old Tashane Chantiloupe pleaded not guilty August 18th to first-degree murder, and prosecutors missed the October 2nd deadline by 14 days.READ MORE: Live Updates: Hostage Situation At Texas Synagogue
Kastrenakes acknowledged that other states have exceptions for missing the deadline, but Florida doesn’t. He said higher courts and lawmakers would need to address the issue.
Chantiloupe is accused of killing 34-year-old Augustus Byam in May. Byam had identified Chantiloupe in another shooting.MORE NEWS: Second Annual Bike Ride Held At Charles Hadley Park To Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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