Death Penalty Off the Table for Accused Killer

Tyrone Delgado
Tyrone Delgado

MARCH 15, 2006 -- The death penalty is off the table for a man accused of killing a local FBI secretary back in 1999. Tyrone Delgado learned in court Wednesday the most he could get if convicted of murder will be a life sentence.

The District Attorney's office will not be seeking the death penalty but could not give their reasons for the decision.

Authorities believe Delgado strangled Melissa Mooney in her Wilmington home.

In other developments with this case, the judge is allowing Delgado to have two defense attorneys because this case is so complex. Before Delgado stands trial for Mooney's murder, he'll be taken to Louisiana to face charges of aggravated assault against his ex-wife.