No death penalty sought in death of woman found on I-80


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LEWISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Texas man not facing the death penalty if convicted of first degree murder in the murder of a woman whose body was found on Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania more early this year.

Union County District Attorney D. Peter Johnson on Thursday officially ruled out the possibility of a death sentence in the case of Tracy Ray Rollins Jr., 29, of Dallas, PennLive.com reported. Johnson said he had agreed not to seek the death penalty if Rollins waived his preliminary inquiry, which he did in May.

Rollins is charged with manslaughter and corpse abuse in the death of Rebecca Landrith, 47, whose body was found on February 7 along an eastbound I-80 ramp. The long-haul tractor-trailer driver was arrested days later at a truck stop in Southington, Connecticut.

Landrith, a model who lived in New York City, had 18 gunshot wounds to the face, neck and chest and defensive injuries to one hand, police said. Authorities allege that evidence from the cabin of Rollins’ truck, including bullet holes and cartridge cases, indicated that the shooting likely occurred there.

Landrith’s body had no identification, but a jacket pocket contained a note with Rollins’ name, cell phone number and email address as well as receipts from businesses, police said. The arrest affidavit alleges that Rollins told investigators he met a woman named Leslie at a Connecticut truck stop and that she traveled with him.

Rollins remains jailed without bail and has waived the formal county court appearance scheduled for July 26; a message requesting comment was left with his lawyer on Sunday.

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