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Accused killer rejects plea deal; death penalty trial set

Posted September 30, 2013

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— A Raleigh man accused of killing two people and robbing several gas stations and convenience stores more than five years ago rejected a plea deal Monday that would have ensured him avoiding a death sentence.

Armond Devega, 32, is charged with two counts of murder, one count of attempted murder and nine counts of robbery in connection with crimes between January and October 2008.

Anthony Dwayne Scarborough, 32, was killed during a home invasion at 508 Tartan Circle on Feb. 13, 2008. Authorities said Devega and Scarborough knew each other while they were imprisoned at the Johnston Correctional Center and that Devega might have held a grudge against Scarborough.

Stephanie Powell Anderson, 39, was killed at a Wilco-Hess gas station at 1741 Trawick Road on April 10, 2008. Police said she was ambushed as she arrived at the station, and she was shot when she was unable to open the store’s safe.

Wake County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Devega, but they offered him a deal Monday to take the death penalty off the table if he would plead guilty.

Devega didn't go along with the deal, and jury selection in the capital case was set for Feb. 24.

The case is the oldest pending criminal case in Wake County.

Ballistics evidence showed the same weapon was used in both homicides, as well as the shooting of a clerk at the Mexico Lindo check-cashing business Sept. 10, 2008, and the May 7, 2008, robbery of a Subway restaurant on Six Forks Road.

Devega also is charged in the robberies of two other Subways, a Bojangles' restaurant and the Capital Food Mart convenience store, as well as two holdups at the same Wilco-Hess gas station.

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  • samanthabeal00 Oct 1, 2013

    Makes me wonder if the state has absolute proof he's the one. It's been FIVE years and they are offering him a deal to just plead guilty. Sounds weird to me.

  • TWAL Oct 1, 2013

    I wonder if this guy had his concealed weapon permit and bought his gun with a permit from the sheriff. You know cause he clearly obeys the laws. Very clear case Criminals have no repect for human life and America needs to arm law abiding citizens. These people will kill you for $300.00 dollars rather than work for it. He doesn't care if he gets the death penalty. We should be ashame for letting these criminals live in our society and killing working Americans. There is no fear in these people, so what I go to jail for killing somone, they will feed me give me a computer, a bed , tv , food , and all my buddies have drugs for me. They give me my rights,Prison is a large DAYCARE funded by the Working Americans these people kill daily.

  • lwe1967 Sep 30, 2013

    When will they carry out the death sentence? 20 years from now?

  • this is fdup Sep 30, 2013

    He should have already been tried and if convicted the sentence should have already been carried out.This thirty years on the death row is a joke

  • wskipper Sep 30, 2013

    Stephanie Powell Anderson was a very nice lady. I delivered gas at that store while she was the manager and was a very sad day when we found out that she had been killed.

  • sjb2k1 Sep 30, 2013

    for those asking, a lot of times deals like that are offered to help spare the victims and their families the ordeal of a trial.

  • Bob3425 Sep 30, 2013

    Everyone knows in NC you have a better chance to die old age before being executed.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 30, 2013

    DTB - "What good is the death penalty if it's never used?"

    Good question, and one that irritates the snot out of some of us. By not bringing the death penalty into force whenever someone has intentionally killed someone else and should therefore lose their life too, the lily-livered among our population sentences the rest of us to pay for their keep for the rest of their lives - and that HIGHLY aggravates me.

    An eye for an eye...

    PERIOD!!!

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 30, 2013

    tierneemalinadeveaux - "I don't understand why a plea deal was ever offered to this guy."

    It's often done because it's easier to get all 12 people on a jury to agree to a GUILTY verdict if the death penalty isn't on the table because there are lily-livered milquetoasts among us who just can't make themselves decide to exact that harsh a penalty on someone.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Sep 30, 2013

    Give him the same chance he gave his victims - NONE!!!

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