New court transcripts show prosecutors thought of pursuing the death penalty for Nakia Keller after he agreed on a plea deal.
Keller was sentenced to multiple life sentences after he pleaded guilty to killing a family of three in 2009.
A recently unsealed transcript from a hearing from last April shows that the U.S. district attorney wanted to scrap the plea deal. The prosecutor told the judge he planned to meet with Virginia's attorney general to get the approval to seek the death penalty against Keller.
The attorney general already signed off on seeking it for Keller's wife, Lori Ann Taylor-Keller. The transcript shows that both the judge and Keller's lawyer were against lifting the plea deal.
Keller and Taylor-Keller pleaded guilty to killing Taylor-Keller's ex-husband, his wife and her young daughter in Hardy County, W.Va.
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