Prosecutors won't seek death penalty for man accused of triple murder
The Columbian says Clark County Prosecutor Tony Golik will instead seek a life sentence without the possibility of parole for Brent Ward Luyster.
The decision is expected to be formally announced at Luyster's scheduled arraignment on Monday, March 6.
Recently, Jail deputies said they found evidence that Luyster was planning to break out of his jail cell. He could face three more charges in addition to aggravated murder: attempted escape, malicious mischief, and possession of a weapon by a prisoner.
On Saturday, July 16, 2016, deputies arrived at a mobile home in Woodland just before 4 a.m. to find two men deceased in the driveway. A woman was found dead on a couch inside the home.
After a brief manhunt, Luyster was arrested on Ocean beach Highway Saturday afternoon.
A probable cause affidavit said all three victims were shot in the head.
A few months before the homicides, Luyster was arrested on assault and gun charges. Deputies said he pistol-whipped his ex-girlfriend in the head.