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Death penalty sought in slaying of nurse in Cary

Posted February 5, 2015

Daniel Scott Remington makes his first court appearance Aug. 25, 2014, three days after Cary police say he shot Wendy Jean Johnson, 53, outside an apartment complex.

— Wake County prosecutors announced Thursday that they plan to seek the death penalty against a man accused of shooting a nurse outside a Cary apartment complex in August.

Daniel Scott Remington, 36, of Gooseneck Drive in Cary, faces a charge of murder in the death of Wendy Jean Johnson, whom he allegedly shot around 11 p.m. Aug. 22 in the parking lot of Hyde Park Apartments – less than 2 miles from his home.

Johnson, 58, of Sanford, had been in Cary for her job and, according to a search warrant in the case, was getting out of her car when Remington allegedly approached her and shot her after she wouldn't give him her purse.

She was taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham, where she was pronounced dead.


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  • monami Feb 6, 2015

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    That's accurate. I hope they have thoroughly investigated how Remington came to prey upon Ms. Johnson at that location and time. He may have been lying in wait, as in someone knew she'd have cash or jewelry on her and suggested her as a good target. I find it difficult to believe he just stumbled upon a victim to rob and kill in the parking lot of a run-of-the-mill apartment complex at 11pm on a Friday night. I bet there's more to this and, if so, will Cary Police figure it out?

  • katzlover Feb 6, 2015

    does not deserve a trial.. just execute him the way he did her.. not questions. just execute him..save money

  • Lightfoot On Wral Feb 6, 2015
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    "why is he not pushing up daisies already ?" - hfm83


  • Christopher Rose Feb 6, 2015
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    This is one reason why I can't support capital punishment. It's so arbitrary how its done. Depends on your prosecutor, the judge, the jury, your defender, public response, the press, etc. It's almost handed out in lottery fashion for crimes of varying degrees of depravity and severity. And of late it seems like some people even win the prize when they actually didn't commit the crime and we let them go years later and have to pay them millions. It would be easier if we knew we got the right result every time and it was handed out without fail for any premeditated murder. Why this guy and not say Hernandez, or the guy who killed Taft?

  • SICK OF YOU LIBERALS Feb 6, 2015

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    Thank you! At last someone on this thread with common sense.

  • SICK OF YOU LIBERALS Feb 6, 2015

    I'm all for the death penalty for crimes like this, but why not give all convicted of murder the death penalty? There are plenty of cops killed in the line of duty, children and so on. These repeated Felons should be given the death penalty too!

  • hfm83 Feb 5, 2015

    why is he not pushing up daisies already ?

  • fairisfair2 Feb 5, 2015

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    That nurse was reporting for 11pm shift to take care of a disabled child in her home. She was on duty. There are many occupations valuable to society.

  • NotLiberal Feb 5, 2015

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    The nurse was not on duty and did not stand as a representative of the citizens of the state. That's not to say her life was any less valuable, but an attack on an on duty officer is an attack on society as a whole.

  • fairisfair2 Feb 5, 2015

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    I can agree with most of what you say but what makes killing a police officer worse than killing a nurse or teacher or grocery clerk or any other person. Police officers at least have guns. That nurse was a home health nurse going to see a patient. He should be shot like she was. Punishment shouldn't have to be humane if the crime wasn't.