NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP)U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says his office will not pursue the death penalty against three suspected gang members accused of a gruesome murder in Brooklyn.

The three suspected gang members, Christian John, Shaquan Jones, both 31, and Marvin Johnson, 30, were charged with murder in the 2006 death of Earle Obermuller.

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Obermuller was killed in the basement of a brownstone. Court papers say the trio bound his face and limbs and watched him suffocate.

Holder’s decision was sent Thursday to a federal judge in Brooklyn trying the case, which is slated to begin Oct. 22.

All death-penalty-eligible cases are reviewed by the attorney general. The reasons for the decision are kept confidential.

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An attorney for Jones told the Daily News of New York that the decision was appropriate.

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