Prosecutors won't seek death penalty in Coonrod retrial

Wesley Coonrod (Source: Highland County Jail)
Wesley Coonrod (Source: Highland County Jail)

HILLSBORO, OH (FOX19) - Highland County prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in the retrial of a father accused of setting a fire that killed his two young sons.

Wesley Coonrod was convicted of child endangerment charges during his first trial in October, but the jury deadlocked on all other charges, which included murder, aggravated murder and arson.

If convicted of the charges during the first trial, Coonrod would have faced the death penalty.

In the retrial, Coonrod will face two charges of murder and one charge of aggravated arson.

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