Durham, N.C. — A Superior Court judge on Thursday approved prosecutors' request to seek the death penalty against a Fayetteville man accused of killing a Durham woman last month.
John Franklin Alexander, 34, of 4402 Ruby Road, is charged with first-degree murder, possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of stolen property in the death of Ella Davis.
Davis, 58, was found stabbed to death inside her home at Greens of Pine Glen apartments on Glen Hollow Lane on July 23.
Alexander was arrested in Harnett County after he crashed in Davis' car.
Durham County Assistant District Attorney Jim Dornfried said Alexander's criminal history warranted that prosecutors pursue a capital case against him.
Alexander pleaded guilty in 2001 to second-degree murder and was sentenced to 13 to 16 years in prison for the June 21, 1998, stabbing death of 29-year-old Kerry Mortenson in Fayetteville. He served a little more than 10 years before he was released from prison in March 2012, and his parole ended in December.
Judge Michael Morgan ruled that prosecutors presented sufficient evidence to proceed in a capital case.