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State may seek death penalty in Pinellas jail death

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL (WFLA) -

State prosecutors told a Pinellas County judge in a preliminary hearing Wednesday, they plan to seek the death penalty against Scott Greenberg for the death of a cell mate at the Pinellas County jail last month.

Sheriff's investigators say Greenberg strangled inmate Kelly Harding and stuffed his mouth with toilet paper.

"He said to someone before, I'm in here for second-degree murders charges I don't want to do life I want to go to death row," said Pinellas County Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

At the time Greenberg was in jail awaiting trial for the death of 26-year-old Jennifer Zale. One year ago police found her body at the Kenwood Inn Motel, beaten, strangled and also choked to death with toilet paper.

Related story: 07/22/2013 Pinellas inmate accused in 2 choking deaths

Zale's mother, Pamela Frasard, attended the hearing Wednesday on her daughter's case, hoping Greenberg would plead guilty and speed up the process. But Greenberg did not appear in the courtroom.

Frasard has mixed feelings upon learning that Greenberg is closer to getting what he stated he wanted; a death sentence.

"God's the ultimate judge, can't run from him. I want the best to come out of this, I don't want him to hurt anyone else. So it's a long drug out process but it's something I have to endure," said Frasard.

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