FORT SMITH, AR -- Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty in the case against the man accused of killing two people with a machete in June.
Sebastian County Prosecutor Daniel Shue filed a letter Thursday, saying he would seek the death penalty against Gregory Kinsey, who is charged with two counts of capital murder in the stabbing deaths of Nathan Young and Brandon Prince.
In the letter, Shue writes that his decision is based upon "the sufficiency of the evidence linking the Defendant to the offense; the seriousness of the offense; the Defendant's culpability )including his mental state); and the Defendant's criminal record."
Shue wrote that he also consulted with law enforcement and the victims' families before making this decision.
According to officers, a witness said Young and Prince were drinking beer on the front porch of a home on North D Street when Kinsey walked by carrying groceries. After exchanging words, police say Kinsey told the men Satan was "within him," then pulled out a machete and stabbed them both.
Kinsey has pleaded not guilty to both capital murder charges.