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Prosecutors seeking death penalty in car dealership double homicide

Posted at 11:17 AM, Jun 27, 2017

Joseph McAlpine, a convicted felon and suspected gang member, has been charged with capital murder in connection with the April homicides of a couple at a Cleveland car dealership. 

McAlpine had previously been charged with aggravated murder back in June but charges were refiled after the prosecutor's office submitted paperwork seeking the death penalty.

The 29-year-old had been out of jail for less than a year when his DNA was found on evidence at the crime scene of a double homicide that occurred on at Mr. Cars Inc. on April 14. 

Trina and Michael Kuznik were pronounced dead at the scene, both shot to death. 

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McAlpine previously served an eight year sentence for a 2008 aggravated robbery, in which he held a knife to a women's neck and threatened to kill her. 

In a court appearance Tuesday, he pleaded not guilty to the charges and was held on a $5 million bond. His first pretrial is scheduled for July 5.