Prosecutors seek death penalty after woman is shot 5 times in face
ST. CHARLES, MO. (KPLR) – St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Tim Lohmar will ask a jury to consider the death penalty for 63-year-old Terry Culberson.
The O’Fallon, Missouri man is accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend, 55-year-old Dorothy Hall, in the face several times.
Culberson has a previous conviction for assault with the intent to kill on his record.
The conviction and the brutal details of the murder are why Lohmar said he wants a jury to consider the death penalty.
“The punishment needs to fit the crime,” he said. “After St. Charles County jury hears the evidence they will need to decide.”
It is the first time since 2002 that the county has sought the death penalty in a case.
“This is a unique situation,” Lohmar said.
Hall’s body was found in Culberson’s mobile home Feb, 5, 2013.
Neighbors told Fox 2 they believe Culberson and Hall had an argument about a truck that day.
“He gave her the truck, but wanted it back,” Cheryl Bowman said. “He deserves to be put down the way he put her down.”
Even if Culberson is convicted and a jury chooses the death penalty, he may not be put to death.
The Missouri has halted all executions because of a lawsuit filed by death row inmates.
A trial date has not been set.