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Trial set in 2016 for slaying at federal prison

Monday - 5/5/2014, 12:30am  ET

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- An inmate charged with killing a fellow prisoner at a high-security prison tucked away in the Appalachian region of eastern Kentucky will stand trial in 2016.

Prosecutors are seeking a death sentence for 32-year-old John Travis Millner if he is convicted of killing 35-year-old Vincent Earl Smith Jr. while both were housed at the United States Penitentiary Big Sandy in January 2009.

U.S. District Judge Amul Thapar on Friday set a Feb. 1, 2016 trial date for Millner with the location where the case will be heard to be determined at a later date.

Prosecutors cited the brutality of Smith's death as well as Millner's repeated attacks on others and his conviction for murder in Washington, D.C. as factors in seeking a death sentence.

Millner has pleaded not guilty.


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