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Durham prosecutors to seek death penalty in 9-year-old's death

Posted March 4

Everett Lamont Graves

— Prosecutors said during a hearing Tuesday that they intend to seek the death penalty against a Durham man accused of shooting a 9-year-old boy who was riding in a car with his mother.

Jaeden Sharpe died Jan. 10, six days after police say Everett Lamont Graves, 23, shot both the boy and his mother, Lakeisha Holloway, on Lucas Drive.

Holloway was able to drive to a nearby street for help.

A Rule 24 hearing, in which a judge will determine if the state's case meets the requirements for the death penalty, has been scheduled for the week of April 7.

Police arrested Graves Jan. 23 on charges of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Authorities have said that the shooting did not appear to be random, but they haven't offered additional details about the case.

Jaeden was a student at W.G. Pearson Magnet Elementary School in Durham. Family members described him as a good student whom everyone loved.

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  • dwr1964 Mar 5, 3:05 p.m.

    GOLO still won't allow me to make a suggestion. Let's try it this way.

    Why can't we have a privately donated execution fund? This way, the state doesn't have to worry about any negative feedback, and the executions can done at a much faster pace? I kinda like the idea.

  • sunshine1040 Mar 5, 2:53 p.m.

    It does not appear to be random Is either parent at fault or charged with accessory to murder. Before sentence I would like to know why he even thought he had reason to shoot at child.

  • Let-it-be-said Mar 5, 10:20 a.m.

    Good, I hope he gets what he deserves.

  • sweetlyght Mar 5, 9:25 a.m.

    That boy must have been so terrified for himself and his mother. What an awful shame! If he is guilty let him have it. Let's start taking the stance that we do not tolerate the murder of children in North Carolina!

  • Just the facts mam Mar 4, 6:27 p.m.

    Death Penalty? Does NC still have that??? Maybe should be called the Non-Death Penalty???

  • iknowjack Mar 4, 4:21 p.m.

    Go for it.

  • anotherbabyboomer Mar 4, 4:11 p.m.

    Such a senseless act, what kind of satisfaction could one possibly get from this?

  • ecp1951 Mar 4, 4:04 p.m.

    sad story. prayers to the family. hope the responsible party gets his just reward.

  • scubagirl2 Mar 4, 4:03 p.m.

    A message needs to be sent to violent criminals. It is unfortunate that the young life of... View More

    — Posted by TeaBagOnLove

    most definitely we do. Right now the way things are with no DP the murderers just use it as a rite of passage and get away with it, struttin' their stuff in jail and on the streets. A few given, ACTUALLY GIVEN the DP might do a lot to decrease it.

  • Jordy Mar 4, 3:59 p.m.

    A Rule 24 hearing, in which a judge will determine if the state's case meets the requirements for the death penalty, has been scheduled for the week of April 7.
    I wonder if the killer held a hearing to determine if the child met the requirements of the death penalty?

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