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Scales of justice

CHEYENNE — A Laramie County District Court judge has granted prosecutors more time to decide whether to pursue the death penalty for a man accused of killing his girlfriend's 2-year-old son.

Feb. 1 was the original deadline for which prosecutors had to notify the defense whether they planned to pursue capital punishment for John Barrett.

But assistant district attorney Edward Buchanan told Judge Catherine Rogers that he and lead defense attorney Diane Lozano had agreed to extend that time frame.

"The state would request that the court give the defense a little more time to review discovery," Buchanan said.

Lozano said her team would treat Barrett's case "as if it were a death penalty case" for the time being.

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