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SUSPECT IN WOMAN'S DEATH MAY FACE DEATH PENALTY

A 20-year-old Syracuse man accused of killing a woman and leaving her bloody body in her home with her two young daughters could face Onondaga County's second death-penalty prosecution.

Jamar Ogletree was indicted Friday on two counts of first-degree murder and several other charges in the slaying of 19-year-old Dorothy DeGroat, also of Syracuse. She was found dead in her home Sept. 23 by her mother, who stopped by to see if the victim had taken her children, ages 2 and 3, to the dentist as planned.

The first-degree murder charges accuse Ogletree of intentionally killing DeGroat during a forcible rape and a forcible sodomy.

Although Ogletree told police in a statement that he and DeGroat engaged in consensual sex before they began arguing, the grand jury action indicates authorities do not believe those claims. Instead, Ogletree faces charges of first-degree rape and first-degree sodomy in addition to a count of criminal possession of a weapon.

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