RIVERSIDE, Calif., Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Four U.S. Marines could face death sentences in Riverside County, Calif., if convicted in the killings of their sergeant and his wife, prosecutors say.
Riverside County District Attorney Rod Pacheco said Wednesday that the death penalty was being sought due in part to the details surrounding the deaths of Sgt. Jan Pietrzak, 24, and his 26-year-old wife, Quiana Jenkins-Pietrzak, the Riverside (Calif.) Press-Enterprise said.
"How innocent they were and you compare and contrast that with the butchery that occurred that night in their very home," Pacheco said of the execution-style killings committed last Oct. 15. "That kind of stands out."
The newlywed couple was found bound and shot in the head in their home in Winchester, Calif.
Police later linked the homicides to four members of Pietrzak's unit: Lance Cpl. Tyrone Miller, 21, Lance Cpl. Emrys Justin John, 19, Pvt. Kevin Darnell Cox, 21, and Lance Cpl. Kesaun K. Sykes, 21.
The Press-Enterprise said all four defendants have pleaded innocent to related charges.