SANTA ROSA -- A 46-year-old man faces murder and other charges in connection with the slayings of three men during a botched marijuana deal last month in Northern California.

The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/13F8eAU) Mark Cappello of Central City, Colo., was charged Tuesday with being the shooter in a special-circumstances murder case that could bring the death penalty if he is convicted.

Cappello is suspected of killing three men Feb. 5 inside a home near Forestville. The victims were 26-year-old Raleigh Butler, 46-year-old Richard Lewin and 42-year-old Todd Klarkowski.

Authorities say the three men had arranged to buy a large amount of marijuana at the home where Butler's mother lived.

Cappello was arrested Feb. 14 in Alabama.

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Information from: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat, http://www.pressdemocrat.com



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