Prosecutors have announced they'll seek the death penalty against a man charged in the death of a Polk County police detective.
The hearing for 31-year-old Seth Brandon Spangler and 22-year-old Samantha Roof who are charged with shooting and killing 29-year-old Officer Kristen Hearne in the early morning hours of Friday, Sept. 29 took place Monday afternoon.
"It is the state's intention to file a notice to seek the death penalty in this case," District Attorney Jack Browning said. "I'm telling the court that now so that the defense can go ahead and prepare for that. He may want appointed counsel, he may want to hire an attorney. But it's important for that to be known now so that confident council can be provided for him as we move forward."
According to police, two officers were called to investigate a stolen vehicle out of Tennessee when the pair emerged from the woods, acting suspiciously. That’s when police say Spangler pulled out a handgun and opened fire striking two deputies.
The GBI reports that Hearne was shot at least four times and later died. They added that due to the location of the fatal wound, it is unlikely that a vest would have prevented her death.
An officer who was shot in the vest survived. Both suspects fled the scene and were later arrested.
Spangler now faces charges of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, felony obstruction, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and theft by receiving.
Roof is facing the same charges.
A third suspect is facing charges of hindering the apprehension of a criminal, violation of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act - methamphetamine. Browning said that his charges were indirectly related to the crimes of both Spangler and Roof which is why he was brought to the court the same day.
Sheriff Johnny Moats said that he is Roof's brother and tried to help the two escape.
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The GBI is assisting in the investigation of the incident. Anyone with information about the case is being asked to call the GBI's Calhoun office at 706-624-1424.
Family friends are holding a viewing for Deputy Hearne at 2 p.m. on Monday. Hearne’s family will receive friends today from 3-9 pm at Victory Baptist Church. Her funeral will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 2 pm, also at the church.
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