No death penalty for Hatfield Township man charged in wife death
SOUDERTON, Pa. (AP) - December 12, 2013 (WPVI) -- Prosecutors have decided to not seek the death penalty against a Montgomery County man facing trial in the stabbing death of his wife.
Thirty-six-year-old Walid Mitwalli of Hatfield Township is charged with first- and third-degree murder in the June 7 slaying of his 30-year-old wife Mona.
Mitwalli pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of first- and third-degree murder and possessing an instrument of crime.
Prosecutor Kevin Steele said investigators could not find sufficient aggravating circumstances to legally support a death sentence.
Police said Mona Mitwalli was stabbed at least 15 times as the couple's 5-year-old twin daughters slept upstairs.
Defense lawyer John McMahon Jr. said Mitwalli will wage a self-defense claim at trial.
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