Defense attorneys for Marcus P. Carey, a former Fort Polk soldier who is charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder, have until Nov. 30 to submit reasons as to why the government should not seek the death penalty for Carey.


Defense attorneys for Marcus P. Carey, a former Fort Polk soldier who is charged with first degree murder and attempted first degree murder, have until Nov. 30 to submit reasons as to why the government should not seek the death penalty for Carey.
The U.S. Attorney's office has until Jan. 31, 2012 to file reasoning as to whether the death penalty should be sought. A decision will then be made by May 31, 2012 as to whether the death penalty will be sought.
Carey is charged with the murder of Byron Whitcomb and the attempted murder of Howard Wayne Alley while the three were staying at Whitcomb's apartment on June 19, 2010. U.S. attorneys say that while Whitcomb and Alley were sleeping, Carey retrieved a hammer from the laundry room and knives from the kitchen and began attacking Whitcomb, striking him in the head an undetermined number of times and stabbing him numerous times.
Carey also attacked Alley with a hammer and stabbed him with a knife, say prosecutors. Attorneys said that Carey later admitted to attacking and killing Whitcomb and attacking and intending to kill Alley.
A trial date has not yet been scheduled for Carey.
Daniel J. McCoy, of Lafayette, is handling the case for the U.S. Attorney's office; Rebecca L. Hudsmith and James E. Boren are representing Carey.