INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Two men accused of murdering a Cumberland man and his 7-year-old niece won't face the death penalty if convicted, officials from the Marion County prosecutor's office said Monday.
Prosecutors are pursuing a life sentence without parole for Michael Bell and Jeremy Priel. They're each facing murder charges after Jeremy and Kyleigh Crane were found shot to death in December.
Both men had a not-guilty plea entered on their behalf by the court.
The prosecutor's office said in a news release the request for a life sentence without parole is warranted because they were committing robbery at the time, killed a child under 12 years old and there were two murders committed.
Priel and Bell have their next court appearance scheduled for Wednesday.
Most of the state is under a winter storm warning until Saturday.
Quarterback Everett Golson has been readmitted to Notre Dame after being suspended for the fall semester for what he termed "poor judgment on a test."
An extensive forensic analysis involving the case of a Kosciusko County teen who was reported missing in August of 2012 and whose remains weren't discovered until just over a year later has been completed. Doctors have determined Aurora Shoemaker was not the victim of foul play.