Missouri seeking death penalty in Montgomery County homicide

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Pablo Serrano-Vitorino

MONTGOMERY CITY, Mo. — A hearing for a Mexican national accused of killing a man in Missouri and four others in Kansas is being postponed, with prosecutors planning to seek the death penalty in the Missouri case.

Court records show that a Montgomery County judge on Wednesday delayed Pablo Serrano-Vitorino’s preliminary hearing from April 28 to May 12 at the request of Serrano’s attorneys. Prosecutors didn’t oppose the delay.

The defense motion for the postponement cited conversations with a state assistant attorney general “indicating their intention to seek the death penalty” in the March 8 death of Randy Nordman at Nordman’s home near New Florence.

State and local prosecutors are not publicly discussing that case.

Serrano also is accused in Kansas of killing four men the night before Nordman was slain.