Prosecutors to consider death penalty in soldiers’ case

July 28, 2020 GMT

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) — Federal prosecutors suggested on Monday that they will seek the death penalty against one of two men accused in the shooting deaths of a Florida couple so they could finance a trip to Venezuela to fight the socialist government.

Attorneys for both sides held a video hearing for defendant Alex Zwiefelhofer, who along with fellow Army veteran Craig Lang is accused of arranging the deadly robbery of Serafin and Deana Lorenzo in April 2018 to finance the Venezuela trip.

U.S. Attorney Josephine W. Thomas suggested a discussion with defense attorneys to determine how they would proceed with the case in regard to the strongest mitigating factors to help determine how they intend to proceed. Thomas said there are a lot of aggravating factors, and with the facts of the case, it’s likely prosecutors will seek the death penalty.


Defense attorney D. Todd Doss said he didn’t feel prepared for such a discussion because of an inability to investigate the case, as well as the defendant’s history.

The two sides agreed to having the case continued to the December trial term with a special status conference scheduled for November.