Federal prosecutors may seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing a Liverpool school librarian and raping a 10-year-old girl.
Prosecutors have notified 29-year-old David Renz's attorney that they may try to put him to death if he is convicted. A federal grand jury would have to re-indict Renz on a carjacking charge in connection with Lori Bresnahan's death. Authorities say Renz attacked and abducted Bresnahan and the little girl as they were leaving a gymnastics class at Great Northern Mall on March 14.
Lisa Peebles, Renz's Federal Public Defender, tells CNY Central, "It is theoretically possible for the government to indict him in federal court under the car jacking statute which does carry with it the possibility of death. We are hoping that does not happen in light of the charges he is facing in state court."
Renz has already been charged in state court. In April, an Onondaga County Grand Jury handed down a 37-count indictment against Renz, accusing him of kidnapping, rape, criminal sexual act, murder and sexual assault.
Renz was arrested months before on federal child pornography charges. He was released and allowed to be on home confinement using an electronic monitoring device. Authorities say he took apart the bracelet and putting it back together before leaving to attack Bresnahan and the young girl.
Renz is currently being held in the Onondaga County Jail.