HENRICO, Va. (AP) – The Henrico County Commonwealth’s Attorney says she intends to seek the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting his parents.
Shannon Taylor told a Circuit Court judge on Wednesday that the “vileness” of 22-year-old William Roy Brissette’s alleged crimes prompted her to seek the death penalty.
Brissette’s parents, 59-year-old Henry J. Brissette III and 56-year-old Martha B. Brissette, were found dead on March 27 in the home they shared with their son.
Brissette is charged with two counts of capital murder. One of his lawyers, Doug Ramseur, says he was disappointed with the decision and that capital defense cases require intensive evaluations of the defendant’s background and mental health, and are expensive.
Brissette’s trial is scheduled for June.