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GREENSBURG (KDKA) – The Westmoreland County district attorney will seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing a New Kensington police officer.

Rahmael Sal Holt is accused of killing New Kensington Police Officer Brian Shaw following a traffic stop last year.

Today, District Attorney John Peck announced he would be seeking the death penalty in the case.

In December, Holt faced a preliminary hearing where he did not say a word and stared forward during proceedings.

Afterward, his attorney, Justin Ketchel, told KDKA, “My client didn’t do this. They don’t have any information at all whatsoever except from a convicted felon who admitted on the stand that he is a liar.”

Thirteen people, including Holt, have been accused of killing a police officer in our region since 2000. Only one — Richard Poplawski, convicted of murdering three Pittsburgh police officers — received the death penalty. Three others received life in prison.

Governor Tom Wolf has issued a moratorium on the death penalty. The last execution in Pennsylvania was carried out in 1999.

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