Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for a Bethlehem man accused of murdering his wife in December, Lehigh County District Attorney James Martin announced Friday.
Win Min Htut, 37, allegedly shot and killed Thida Myint, also 37, Dec. 17 during an argument outside the couple’s home. Htut was arrested about 15 minutes later at a convenience store in east Allentown.
Martin last week filed a notice of aggravating circumstances with the Clerk of Judicial Records stating the Commonwealth will seek a death sentence for Htut if a jury returns a first-degree murder verdict in the case.
Martin said in the document prosecutors plan to offer evidence at Htut’s sentencing hearing that the suspect committed the killing while perpetrating a felony burglary. Htut is accused of stealing from his parent's house the gun allegedly used to kill Myint.
Prosecutors said Htut shot Myint in front of their three children, knowingly creating a grave risk of death to other people. In addition, Htut was at the time of the slaying subject to the terms of a protection-from-abuse order the victim obtained in a bid to protect herself from him, according to Martin.
Htut has since his arrest been jailed at the Lehigh County Prison, where he's being held without bail.