HIGHLANDS COUNTY, Fla. — On Tuesday, the state attorney's office announced that it intends to seek the death penalty against accused cop killer Joseph Ables.
A Highlands County Grand Jury indicted Ables, 69, for the first-degree murder of Highlands County Sheriff's Office, Deputy William Gentry Jr., 40. He was also indicted on possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
Following the indictment, State Attorney Brian Haas announced he will be seeking the death penalty against Ables.
According to investigators, on May 6, deputy Gentry responded to a call about a cat, when he got to the front door, Ables allegedly shot him in the head. Gentry passed away at the hospital a short time later.