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Posted: Monday, April 8, 2013 10:57 pm | Updated: 2:23 pm, Tue Apr 9, 2013.

A candidate for Charlottesville commonwealth's attorney plans to place a moratorium on death penalty prosecutions if elected, and he's bringing his campaign to Random Row Books on Tuesday.

Steve Deaton, who served as the city's top prosecutor from 1990 to 1994, called capital murder charges "barbaric" and using them to negotiate a plea deal "immoral" in a release announcing the event, which will take place at 7 p.m. 

Deaton plans to address his stance on the death penalty and other criminal justice issues at the talk, which is co-sponsored by WarIsACrime.org, Charlottesville's branch of  Amnesty International and Random Row Books, according to the release.

Deaton will face off against incumbent commonwealth's attorney Warner D. Chapman in a June 11 Democratic primary. No republican candidates have announced plans to run in November's general election.

Random Row Books is located at 315 W. Main St. in Charlottesville.

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