PHILADELPHIA — A man sentenced to death in a Philadelphia slaying has been resentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole.
The Philadelphia Daily News (http://bit.ly/19PLQLt ) reports that 24-year-old Derrick White was expected to face a new penalty phase hearing this week.
But defense attorney Gary Server said the judge barred prosecutors from seeking the death penalty because of a technical defect in a legal filing.
White was convicted in 2012 in the May 2010 slaying of 33-year-old Abdul Taylor, who authorities said was scheduled to testify in another murder case.
A judge granted him a new penalty phase hearing because his age wasn't brought up as a mitigating factor.
Jury selection was scheduled to start Monday for that hearing, but instead the judge sentenced White to life in prison.
Information from: The Philadelphia Daily News, http://www.philly.com