By Michelle Chance
The Maricopa man accused of killing his wife with a sword in December will not face the death penalty.
According to court documents, state prosecutors have until May 5 to file a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against Miguel Figueroa Sr.
However, Pinal County Attorney’s Office spokesman James Tanner said the state is not pursuing a capital case, and could not provide an explanation behind its decision because the case is still ongoing.
Inside a county courtroom Monday, 45-year-old Figueroa stood clothed in a jumpsuit and shackles alongside defense attorney Paula Cook.
Judge Kevin White approved Cook’s request to extend the date of a future hearing, which will determine Figueroa’s trial date.
Cook said she could not comment on the details of the case.
In December, Maricopa Police arrested Figueroa after he allegedly used a sword to kill his wife Olivia. That night, police found the victim’s body with multiple stab wounds in a desert area near the Heritage District.
Figueroa was later indicted by a grand jury on four felonies, including first-degree murder, kidnapping and two counts of aggravated assault.
Figueroa’s trial date will be decided in court on June 12 at 9 a.m.