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Death sought for Tucson woman in kids' deaths

Perla Morales Perla Morales

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Prosecutors are now seeking the death penalty for a Tucson woman accused of shooting her children to death in August.

Court documents made available Tuesday show the Pima County Attorney's Office informed a judge last week that it planned to seek death for 26-year-old Perla Morales. The Arizona Daily Star reports the filing says prosecutors made the decision because there were multiple victims under age 15.

Court documents show Morales told police she shot 17-month-old Richard Rosovich Jr. and 4-year-old Emma Rosovich multiple times after her boyfriend threatened to leave her.

Assistant Pima County Public Defender Dawn Priestman provided mitigating evidence to the county attorney's office in the hopes prosecutors would not pursue the death penalty. That mitigating evidence is sealed.

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