Crime

Prosecutors to seek death penalty for man charged with throwing daughter off Tampa Bay bridge

ST. PETERSBURG -- Prosecutors in the John Jonchuck case say they will seek the death penalty if he ever faces trial in his daughter's death.

Jonchuck is accused of throwing his 5-year-old daughter Phoebe off the southbound approach to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge on January 8. He is facing first-degree murder charges.

Last month, Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Judge Chris Helinger ruled he was mentally incompetent to stand trial and sent him to a mental facility.

Still, mental health experts believe his competency could eventually be restored with the right treatment. And that would allow the case to pick up where it left off.

Another Jonchuck competency hearing is scheduled for September.

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