Volusia County

State attorney to seek death penalty against man accused of killing Daytona Beach police officer

VOLUSIA COUNTY, Fla. — The State Attorney says it will formally seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor.

State Attorney for the 7th District R.J. Larizza made the announcement at a news conference Wednesday.

Larizza said a Volusia grand jury formally indicted Othal Wallace on first-degree murder after reviewing evidence and testimony in the case.

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Wallace has yet to enter a plea on the murder charge but did say in a jailhouse interview he felt he was faced with two choices: death or jail on the night of the shooting.

Officer Raynor was on patrol June 23 when he was shot in the head by suspected gunman Othal Wallace.

READ: Daytona Beach police officer Jason Raynor dies after being shot in the head

Raynor was responding to a suspicious incident near Kingston Avenue in Daytona Beach when he encountered Wallace.

Body camera video showed Wallace attacking Raynor before ultimately shooting him and fleeing the scene.

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Wallace was later arrested in Georgia and brought back to Florida days later.

Wallace remains in custody without bail as he awaits his trial.

Photos: Funeral procession for fallen Daytona Beach Officer Jason Raynor

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Matt Reeser

Matt Reeser, WFTV.com

Matt Reeser joined WFTV in 1998 as a news photographer and has worked for television stations in Kentucky and West Virginia.

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