DA will not pursue death penalty against Arcata double murder suspect Bodhi Tree

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EUREKA- Double murder suspect, Bodhi Tree, will not have to face the death penalty following his jury trial. Humboldt County District Attorney, Paul Gallegos, said he would not be pursuing the sentencing based on the facts of the case.

"The decision to pursue the death penalty is not only a legal decision it is a factual decision that requires careful and thoughtful analysis of the facts associated with the crime and the defendant including mental health issues and other factors in mitigation.," Gallegos said in a statement to News Channel 3.

Monday was the final day to submit the District Attorney's decision to the court. The jury trial was set for next week, but has been rescheduled for April 7th.

Tree is charged for the attempted murder of Rhett August on May 15 in Eureka and the shooting deaths of Christina Schwarz and Alan Marcet three days later in Arcata.