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The prosecution announced Wednesday that it won’t seek the death penalty against a man charged with the robbery-murder of a market owner in South Los Angeles nearly 26 years ago.

Marcus Perkins, 45, will face a maximum of life in prison without the possibility of parole if convicted of the July 24, 1990, shooting death of Timoteo Pena.

The murder charge includes the special circumstance allegation of murder during the commission of a robbery.

Perkins is also charged with robbing Pena, who was the owner of Sinaloa Meat and Grocery Market in the 5600 block of San Pedro Street.

Pena — who was working at the market with his young daughter — armed himself with his own handgun and exchanged gunfire with his assailant, who fled in a small, green compact vehicle.

Perkins was initially questioned after being admitted to Daniel Freeman Hospital with a gunshot wound later that evening, but he denied being responsible for the crime.

Perkins was arrested in 1990 and 1994 on suspicion of committing similar robberies, and had served the majority of a 23-year prison sentence stemming from his 1994 arrest when he was released from custody in 2013.

Perkins was arrested in August 2013 in connection with the killing, with Los Angeles police saying then that physical evidence examined for the presence of DNA forensically linked him to the crime scene.

Perkins — who is acting as his own attorney — is being held without bail.

— Wire reports 

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