(KMOV) – One of the men accused of killing two people at a South County Steak ‘n Shake restaurant has chosen to face the death penalty in a trial rather than testify against his brother as part of a plea deal he had previously accepted.
Anthony Akins, 24, in 2011 pleaded guilty to the murders of Tammy Cantrell and Mark Gerstner in 2008.
But when it came to testify against his brother, Oundr’e Akins, Anthony refused to do so.
Proscutors say that the plea deal for Anthony was for reduced counts of second-degree murder, but now that the deal has been broken, they will now take him to trial for first-degree murder this summer.
Ouandr’es trial continues this week.
Cantrell, a waitress, and Gerstner, a cook, were shot to death in the early hours of Nov. 10, 2008. Investigators say the brothers had previously worked at the restaurant.
Both men are from Cahokia, Ill.