Prosecutors want death penalty for bike path attacker

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a man accused of using a truck to kill eight people last year on a New York City bike path should face the death penalty.

The decision to seek the death penalty in the case of Sayfullo Saipov (sy-foo-LOH’ sah-YEE’-pawf) was revealed on Friday in court papers after defense complaints about tweets by President Donald Trump calling for Saipov’s execution.

Prosecutors said the attack met several standards for a death penalty case.

Saipov has pleaded not guilty. After his arrest, he told the authorities he was inspired by Islamic State videos and had used a truck in the attack to inflict maximum damage against civilians.

Saipov’s lawyers had argued that Trump’s tweets made it impossible for the prosecutors to independently decide whether to seek the death penalty.

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