Prosecutor will seek death penalty in Kentucky boy’s death

This photo provided by the Woodford County Detention Center shows Ronald Exantus who was arrested in association with the breaking into a home in Versailles, Ky., Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. A kindergartner was killed in his bed before dawn Monday morning, when a stranger from Indiana broke into his home, grabbed a knife and stabbed the boy multiple times, police said. (Woodford County Detention Center via AP)

VERSAILLES, Ky. (AP) — An Indiana man has been indicted for murder after police say he fatally stabbed a 6-year-old Kentucky boy in the head during a burglary. A prosecutor says he plans to seek the death penalty.

A Woodford County grand jury charged 32-year-old Ronald Exantus on Wednesday with murder, first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree assault and one count of fourth-degree assault. He’s accused of fatally stabbing Logan Dean Tipton early Monday in the boy’s home while the child was sleeping.

Commonwealth’s Attorney Gordie Shaw told the Lexington Herald-Leader  that because the slaying was committed during the course of a first-degree burglary, it’s a capital case. He declined to elaborate, and gave no information about why Exantus went to the boy’s home.

Exantus is being held on $1 million bond. Arraignment is Jan. 6.

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