GRETNA, La. (AP) — For the first time in eight years, Jefferson Parish prosecutors are seeking a death penalty. The defendant is a Marrero man accused of stabbing a 6-year-old girl to death and stuffing her body in a garbage can in July.

A parish grand jury charged Matthew Flugence on Thursday with first-degree murder in the death of Ahlittia North.

District Attorney Paul Connick says the facts warrant the death penalty.

Public defender Paul Fleming Jr. says he cannot comment about the decision.

The Times-Picayune reports that 10 Jefferson Parish defendants were condemned to death during Connick's first term, but his office has prosecuted only three first-degree murder cases since 2004. The last such indictment was in November 2005.

The Advocate reports that Flugence is being held without bond.