Death Penalty Not Sought in Lori Hacking Murder

Mark Hacking, accused of murdering his wife Lori Hacking, who reportedly was five weeks pregnant at the time she was killed, will not face the death penalty.

The prosecutor charged only first degree murder, punishable by five years to life--rather than aggravated murder. Without Lori's body, the state can't prove she was pregnant. She told friends she was pregnant and had taken a home pregnancy test, but never visited a doctor.

Hacking's defense lawyer and the prosecutor have been in continual contact. Hopefully, if Hacking's confessions to his brothers that he shot her in the head while she was sleeping are true, there will be a quick plea and resolution to this case. It sounds like this is in the works.

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