Prosecutors want death penalty for bike path attacker

NEW YORK (AP) — Prosecutors want a man charged with using a truck to kill eight people last year on a New York City bike path to face the death penalty.

The decision about 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 seeking the death penalty.

Saipov has pleaded not guilty. Court papers say that after his arrest, he told the authorities that he was inspired by Islamic State videos and that he 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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