Bike Path Attack

Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY

Prosecutors Want Death Penalty In West Side Bike Path Attack Case

September 28, 2018 - 5:25 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880/AP) -- Federal prosecutors say a man accused of using a truck to kill eight people last Halloween on a lower Manhattan bike path should face the death penalty.
The decision to seek the death penalty in the case of Sayfullo Saipov was revealed on Friday in court papers after defense complaints about tweets by President Donald Trump calling for Saipov's execution.
Prosecutors said the attack met several standards for a death penalty case.
Saipov has pleaded not guilty. After his arrest, he told the authorities he was inspired by Islamic State videos and had used a truck in the attack to inflict maximum damage against civilians.
Saipov's lawyers had argued that Trump's tweets made it impossible for the prosecutors to independently decide whether to seek the death penalty.

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