OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities say they'll seek the death penalty for a man charged with capital murder in the disappearance of an Auburn woman nearly 13 years ago.
Prosecutors announced the decision Wednesday in Lee County during a hearing for 38-year-old Derrill Richard Ennis.
Ennis has pleaded not guilty in the death of 24-year-old Lori Ann Slesinski, who was last seen in Auburn in 2006. The Opelika-Auburn News reports his trial is set for February 2020.
Slesinski's mother reported her missing, and her burned-out car was found the next day. Police say Ennis knew Slesinski and became a person of interest but left Auburn after being questioned.
Ennis was arrested last summer in Pilot, Virginia, where court documents indicate he was living.