The Talbot County prosecutor said today that he will seek the death penalty for Richard Wayne Spicknall II if the Laurel man is convicted of shooting his two children to death.
Spicknall originally told police that his children had been abducted by an armed carjacker during an early September drive to Ocean City, Md. But court papers claim that Spicknall changed his story and confessed to shooting the children.
Talbot County State's Attorney Scott Patterson drew up the written notice that he will seek the death penalty and gave a copy to the Star-Democrat in Easton. But it was not clear whether he had filed it Monday in Circuit Court.
Spicknall, 27, was arrested Sept. 9 after state police investigators said he acknowledged shooting his two children at close range while they were in their car seats. Earlier, Spicknall had insisted for hours that the carjacker had taken the car with the children after tossing him from a bridge on Maryland's Eastern Shore into the Choptank River.
Spicknall is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and use of a handgun in a violent crime. On Dec. 1, he filed an insanity plea and also pleaded not guilty and not criminally responsible.