Barrow County man may face execution

JEFFERSON, Ga - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Barrow County man accused of murdering his children, their mother and grandmother, then setting the home on fire.

Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Richard Bridgeman filed his intention this week in the state's case against Henry Lee Stringer, 34.

Mr. Stringer is charged with multiple counts of murder, aggravated assault, cruelty to children and arson in connection to the May 30, 2006, slayings .

Investigators believe Mr. Stringer stabbed 29-year-old Marvelette Strickland and her 68-year-old mother, Evelyn Strickland, before setting their home on fire. The children , J'Majuan Stringer, 4, and J'Lasia Stringer, 2, died in the fire, according to the indictment.

A Jackson County grand jury first indicted Mr. Stringer on 15 charges on June 7 . He pleaded not guilty. But former Piedmont Judicial Circuit District Attorney Tim Madison, who resigned June 4, didn't file forms to seek the death penalty.

The subsequent prosecutor, Mr. Bridgeman, put Mr. Stringer's case before the grand jury again last week. With a new indictment, he could seek the death penalty .