Prosecuters won't pursue death penalty in Planada murder
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty for the couple accused of murdering a Planada woman and kidnapping her infant son. Ana Diaz De-Ceja's burned body was found in an orchard near Snelling last year.
Investigators say Teresa Ceja Robles and Augustine Velarde killed her and took her 2-month-old son to keep as their own. The baby was found on a doorstep in Legrand days later and returned to his father.
The Merced County District Attorneys Office says it chose not to seek the death penalty partly because neither defendant has a criminal history. Prosecutors plan to pursue life in prison without parole instead.
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