D.A. Wants Death Penalty

A prosecutor is asking for the death penalty for a man who killed two clerks at a liquor store in El Cajon in 2006.
Jean Pierre Rices pleaded guilty last year to two counts of first-degree murder in the slayings in the east San Diego suburb. During the trial's penalty phase Monday, prosecutor Glenn McAllister said the clerks had just closed the store when Rices forced them inside and onto their knees, then shot them both in the head.
Rices has also pleaded guilty to assaulting a sheriff's correctional corporal with a shank last year while in custody.

"What he did was, he walked over to where Corporal Clemence was, and with one hand, he pushed him up against the wall, and he began slicing him with this razor," Deputy District Attorney Glenn McAllister told the court.
Defense attorney Mark Chambers said Rices' mother was a drug-addled prostitute who abandoned him at the age of 5. He is recommending life in prison.

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