DA to seek death penalty for suspect in teen's homicide

Shakeem Carter accused of stabbing Kevin Allen more than 20 times

Published: Apr 15 2013 03:21:24 PM EDT   Updated On: Apr 12 2013 05:55:42 AM EDT
DA news conference - Shakeem Carter picture
WEST CHESTER, Pa. -

A man accused of killing a teenager near Pottstown could face the death penalty, if he's convicted.

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan announced Thursday his plans to seek the death penalty for Shakeem Carter in the killing of Kevin Allen.

Carter was in court in West Chester for his formal arraignment on murder charges.

"The decision to pursue the death penalty is reserved for the most serious crimes and is only reached after careful deliberations," said Hogan. "After consultation with the police and the victim's family, this decision is based upon the circumstances surrounding the murder of this young man."

Allen, a 17-year-old Norristown boy, was found dead inside his father's burning apartment in North Coventry Township in February.

Carter stabbed Allen more than 20 times and then used two bottles of cooking oil to set him on fire, said authorities, adding that Carter fled the apartment with $350 Allen's father gave his son to buy clothes.

A trial date for Carter has not yet been set.