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Death penalty on table in Vegas teen slaying case

Death penalty on table in Vegas teen slaying case
Alyssa Otremba Personal Photo

(CBS/AP) LAS VEGAS - Nineteen-year-old Javier Righetti may face the death penalty in the kidnapping, rape, stabbing and burning of high school sophomore Alyssa Otremba. Her body was found over the weekend in a vacant lot not far from her northwest Las Vegas home.

Prosecutor Christopher Lalli said Thursday that a Clark County district attorney panel will consider whether to seek capital punishment against Righetti in the slaying of 15-year-old Otremba.

Righetti made an initial appearance before a Las Vegas judge who set an Oct. 14 evidence hearing.

Righetti's lawyer, Tim O'Brien, says Righetti is on suicide watch at the Clark County jail. He's being held without bail.

Otremba was a student at Arbor View High School.

Her mother reported her missing Friday evening after Otremba text-messaged that she was walking home.

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