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Teen accepts adult trial in torture death

GREENSBURG, Pa., April 11 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman who was 17 when a mentally disabled victim was tortured and killed will be tried as an adult, her attorney said Monday.

Attorney Michael DeMatt withdrew his motion for a juvenile trial for Angela Marinucci because "it was in her best interest," he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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Marinucci herself told Westmoreland County Judge Rita Hathaway she accepted the withdrawal, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Marinucci is charged with homicide, kidnapping, aggravated assault and conspiracy in the February 2010 death of Jennifer Daugherty, 30, whose body was found in a garbage can in a Greensburg school parking lot. Also charged are Melvin Knight, 21, Robert Masters, 37, Amber Meidinger, 21, Peggy Miller, 28, and Ricky Smyrnes, 24.

Marinucci's separate trial will go first, with jury selection beginning May 2.

In a statement played earlier, Smyrnes told police Marinucci was jealous of his relationship with Daugherty. Over several days of captivity, Daugherty was punched, doused in perfume and force-fed pills and urine, he said.

Joy Burkholder, the victim's sister, said Marinucci "will not be put to death. ... If she doesn't want to spend her life in jail, she shouldn't kill people."

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District Attorney John Peck is seeking the death penalty for Knight, Smyrnes and Meidinger.

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