Victims' family against death penalty for man charged in Sandusky triple murder

Heather Jackson and her two children, Celina and Wayne, were found dead inside their Sandusky home, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012.

A Erie County prosecutor is proceeding with a potential death penalty case over the strangling of a woman and two children despite their family's request that the defendant be offered a plea deal for life in prison without parole.


Sandusky Register

reports the family of Heather Jackson wants to avoid a lengthy trial.

Jury selection begins next week for 42-year-old Curtis Clinton. He has

pleaded not guilty

in the slayings of Jackson, 23, her 3-year-old daughter, Celina, and her 18-month-old son, Wayne, at their Sandusky home in September 2012.

Police discovered them after family did not hear from the young mother and requested authorities visit the home. Once inside the one-story home, on John St.,

police found Heather's body

stuffed underneath a mattress. Her children's bodies were found inside a closet.

Attorneys in the case are under a gag order and can't discuss it, but a judge allowed Erie County prosecutor Kevin Baxter to address the death penalty issue. Baxter says he "seriously considered" the family's position but decided to proceed to trial.


(The Associated Press contributed to this article.)