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Death penalty a possibility in Woodland triple homicide case

Brent Luyster appears in court on murder charges on July 18, 2016. (KATU Photo)

WOODLAND, Wash. – The man accused of killing three people in Woodland could now face the death penalty.

The prosecutor's office has changed the charges against Brent Luyster from ‘murder’ to ‘aggravated murder,’ our news partners at The Columbian Newspaper reported.

Deputies found three people had been shot and killed overnight Friday, July 15 at a mobile home on Northwest 417th Street.

A fourth person crawled away with a gunshot wound in her jaw. She named Luyster as the shooter.

After a brief manhunt, Luyter was arrested on Ocean beach Highway Saturday afternoon. He was booked on three counts of first-degree murder, attempted murder, and unlawful possession of a firearm.

Investigators haven't released a motive in the homicide case.

The Clark County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office now has 30 days to decide if it will pursue this as a death penalty case.

Gov. Jay Inslee, however, imposed a moratorium on capital punishment in 2014.

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