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Death penalty possible in Shapiro, Gaudet murders

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The man accused of killing Phoenix cigar salesman and Paradise Valley philanthropists Lawrence and Glenna Shapiro could face the death penalty if convicted.

The Maricopa County Attorney filed a notice Wednesday seeking the death penalty in the case of Michael Lee Crane, 32, if he is convicted of first degree murder.

The notice identifies aggravating factors of the especially cruel manner in which Crane allegedly committed these murders, and notes prior convictions for other serious offenses.

Crane has been indicted on numerous charges including first degree murder, kidnapping, arson, and burglary in connection to the case. He was also indicted on a series of charges in another crime spree.

Bruce Gaudet was killed on Jan. 26, and the Shapiros were killed on Jan. 30. Crane remains in custody on a $3 million bond.

Crane's next court appearance is Sept. 18.

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