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Bethlehem man who shot wife faces death penalty

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Published On: Feb 14 2014 04:01:45 PM CST
Win Min Htut

69 News

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -

Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin will seek a death sentence against a Bethlehem man who is charged with fatally shooting his wife in December.

On Friday, Martin filed a "Notice of Aggravating Circumstances" in the Clerk of Judicial Records Office that he will seek a death sentence against Win Min Htut if a jury returns a verdict of first-degree murder.

Htut, 37, has been in Lehigh County Prison without bail after being charged in the Dec. 17 death of his wife, Thida Myint, also 37. She had been shot outside the couple’s west Bethlehem home in the 300 block of Central Park Avenue.

Martin said the state intends to offer evidence of the following aggravating circumstances at the sentencing hearing:

? The defendant committed a killing while in the perpetration of another felony, a burglary;

? During the commission of the crime the defendant knowingly created a grave risk
of death to another person in addition to the victim. The couple’s three children were in the immediate area at the time of the shooting, Martin explained in a news release.

? At the time of the killing, Htut was subject to a court order restricting his behavior toward his wife, who had obtained a protection-from-abuse order designed to protect her from the defendant.

Martin said the couple had an argument and that the shooting occurred outside the couple’s home in the street. About 15 minutes later, Htut was arrested at a convenience store in east Allentown.