A lot of people said, from the get go, that prosecutors wouldn't be able to pull this off. Snip from Christine:
The man charged with killing 3-year-old Erica Green will not face the death penalty, Jackson County prosecutor Jim Kanatzar announced today.
But the first-degree murder trial for Harrell Johnson, 28, still will be heard in Jackson County, not in St. Louis. A judge had agreed to a change of venue for Johnson, but Johnson rescinded his request in exchange for the removal of the death penalty.