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Guilty plea in Durham murder lets Fayetteville man avoid possible death sentence

Posted April 10, 2014

John Franklin Alexander (Harnett County mug shot)

— In order to avoid a death penalty trial, a Fayetteville man pleaded guilty Thursday to killing a Durham woman last summer.

John Franklin Alexander, 34, was sentenced to life in prison without parole on the first-degree murder charge.

Ella Davis, 58, was found stabbed to death inside her home at Greens of Pine Glen apartments, on Glen Hollow Lane, on July 23.

A day before her body was found, Alexander, of 4402 Ruby Road, wrecked her car in Harnett County and was arrested on drug and weapons charges.

In 2001, Alexander pleaded guilty 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, whose car also was stolen, according to court records.

Alexander was released from prison in March 2012 and was on parole until December 2012.


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