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Death penalty sought in slaying of Pittsburgh mother outside bar


PITTSBURGH - Prosecutors in western Pennsylvania say they plan to seek the death penalty in the slaying of a mother of six outside a Pittsburgh bar earlier this year.   

Allegheny County officials said capital punishment will be sought if 22-year-old Dorian Peebles of Pittsburgh is convicted of first-degree murder.   

District Attorney Stephen Zappala Jr. said the slaying occurred during the commission of another felony, others were put at risk and the defendant has what Zappala called a "significant history" of violent felony convictions.   

Peebles and 21-year-old James Lawrence have been charged in the Feb. 28 shooting death of 28-year-old Tiona Jackson outside a bar in Beltzhoover.   

Lawrence and another man are also charged in the March 30 slaying of a man pulled off a party bus following an argument with several women.