Associated Press - June 25, 2008 2:04 PM ET
WAYNESVILLE, N.C. (AP) - Prosecutors want to seek the death penalty in their case against a Florida man accused in the fatal shooting of a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper.
The Asheville Citizen-Times is reporting that Haywood County District Attorney Michael Bonfoey asked a judge to decide whether there is enough evidence to try Edwardo Wong II of Ormond Beach, Florida, for capital murder. The judge has not yet scheduled a hearing.
Wong is accused in the June 17th shooting death of trooper David Shawn Blanton Junior. The trooper was shot during a traffic stop in western North Carolina.
Wong is charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Wong spent seven years in a Florida prison for crimes including assault on a law enforcement officer.