Death penalty

Taxi driver Gagandeep Singh was fatally stabbed last Aug. 28. His teenage passenger, who was charged with his murder, has pleaded not guilty to the attack. (Facebook photo)

SANDPOINT, Idaho — A northern Idaho prosecutor is seeking the death penalty in a case involving a Washington state man suspected of repeatedly stabbing an Indian American cab driver and letting him slowly bleed to death, reports AP.

The Bonner County Daily Bee reports Bonner County Prosecutor Louis Marshall filed the notice Feb. 27, making Jacob Corban Coleman's defense aware of the state's plans to prove aggravating factors in the killing of 22-year-old Gagandeep Singh (see India-West article here).

Authorities believe Singh picked up Coleman on Aug. 28, 2017, but stopped the cab in Kootenai, Idaho when he suspected Coleman didn't have a destination. Police say Coleman then stabbed Singh.

Coleman pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in November. Coleman's trial is scheduled for April.

Prosecutor Marshall had told India-West earlier that there was no evidence that Singh’s race or ethnicity played a factor in Coleman’s decision to kill the young man. “This was a crime of opportunity,” said Marshall.

No coherent motive has yet been established for the attack, said Marshall, adding that Coleman has no prior record of criminal activity or mental illness. “This was an innocent victim,” Marshall said of Singh, characterizing the victim – whose nickname was ‘Dagger’ – as a “really good kid.”

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