Death Penalty Sought In Bay Toll Plaza Killings

By Salon Staff
March 3, 2012 4:09AM (UTC)
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RICHMOND, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing his ex-girlfriend with a shotgun blast as she worked in a toll booth at a San Francisco Bay-area bridge.

Nathaniel Burris of Richmond also is accused of killing a friend of the woman in a nearby parking lot.

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Contra Costa County prosecutors announced their decision Wednesday against the 48-year-old Burris.

Burris is accused of killing Deborah Ross while she worked in a booth at the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge toll plaza in August 2009. The other alleged victim was Ross' friend Ersie Everette III, a bus driver for Golden Gate Transit.

Prosecutor Harold Jewett cited the cold-blooded nature of the crimes for the death penalty decision. It would be the first time Contra Costa County has sought the death penalty in six years.

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Burris is scheduled to go to trial in September.


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