Prosecutors: Will Not Seek Death Penalty Against Carl Varner

By WHAG News

Published 03/20 2014 11:32AM

Updated 03/20 2014 07:28PM

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa. - Prosecutors have announced they will not seek the death penalty against Carl Varner, 59, who's accused of killing a man in Chambersburg in 2012. 

It was previously announced they would seek the death penalty in the case. However, in a motion filed Wednesday by Frederick County's District Attorney Matthew D. Fogal says they will now seek a sentence of life in prison. 

The motion lists several reasons for the change, including a desire to try Varner along with his co-defendant Jason Shauf, and a review of Varner's mental history. The motion says the issue was discussed with the victims family, who agreed to seek life in prison without parole. 

As we've reported, Varner is accused of killing Victor Campos-Olguin at his home on East King Street on October 22, 2012. Police say Varner and Shauf came into the home armed, demanding money and property. The victim was found shot in the neck in his bathroom. 

Varner is charged with first and second-degree murder, robbery, kidnapping, burglary, unlawful restraint, persons not to possess firearms, and conspiracy charges. 

Both Varner and Shauf plan to be trialed together, however no trial date has been set yet, according to Fogal. 

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