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Prosecution will not seek death penalty in Cook case

Posted: December 2, 2013 - 11:22am

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in the capital murder case of Sierra Cook, one of two defendants charged with the offense in connection with the fatal Father’s Day double-shooting at a Conway motel.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Carol Crews informed Faulkner County Circuit Judge Mike Maggio of the prosecution’s decision Monday morning during Cook’s hearing. Crews said the prosecution was officially waiving its right to pursue the death penalty in the case.

The decision comes a little more than one month after Faulkner County prosecutors informed the court Oct. 30 that the prosecution would seek the death penalty in its case against 27-year-old Lee Andrew Foster, also charged with capital murder in the shooting.

Cook and Foster were arrested in Morrilton on June 20, four days after police found Quenton Alexander, 23, shot to death in the parking lot of the Motel 6 at 1105 Skyline Drive. Another man suffered non-fatal injuries in the shooting.

Cook was originally charged with hindering the apprehension of Foster, but was additionally charged with capital murder in September.

In addition to capital murder, Foster faces charges of first-degree battery, aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a certain person. Foster, represented by Teri Chambers and Joe Tobler of the Arkansas Public Defender Commission, is next scheduled to appear in court Jan. 29.

On Monday, Cook’s next pretrial hearing was set for Feb. 3.

Both Foster and Cook are being held without bond at the Faulkner County jail.

If convicted of capital murder, a class Y felony, Cook would receive an automatic life sentence.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories, log on to thecabin.net.)

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