Local News

Judge allows death penalty argument in Durham boy's shooting death

Posted April 8

— A judge in Durham ruled Tuesday that prosecutors can seek the death penalty against a man accused of shooting a boy and his mother in January.

Jaeden Sharpe, 9, died Jan. 10, six days after police say Everett Lamont Graves, 23, shot him and his mother, Lakeisha Holloway, while they were riding in a car on Lucas Drive.

Police arrested Graves Jan. 23 on charges of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, and prosecutors announced their decision last month that they planned to pursue the case as a capital crime.

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

Holloway, who was able to drive to a nearby street for help, was in court for Tuesday's ruling and said only that she wants to know why Graves allegedly shot her and her son.

Other of Sharpe's relatives were also in court, including his cousin, Sabrina Swinney.

"It's like looking at the devil, himself. It hurts," she said. "I want him to feel what he has taken away from us. I want him to feel it."

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

45 Comments

This story is closed for comments. Comments on WRAL.com news stories are accepted and moderated between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Oldest First
View all
  • 678devilish Apr 9, 2:15 p.m.

    Praying that he will receive LIFE IN PRISON instead of DEATH. Death will not solve nothing.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 9, 11:07 a.m.

    “A recent study published by a Duke University economist revealed North Carolina could save $11 million annually if it dropped the death penalty.

    Two-year costs (2005-2006) were summed up as follows:

    -Extra defense costs for capital cases in trial phase $13,180,385

    -Extra payments to jurors $224,640

    -Capital post-conviction costs $7,473,556

    -Resentencing hearings $594,216

    -Prison system $169,617

    -Total $21,642,414”

    See that more than half of the annual $11 million we could save ($6.5 million) goes toward the increased costs of the State creating a death penalty case. This cost remains static regardless of appeals and time to execution.

    http://www.deathpenaltyinfo.org/costs-death-penalty

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Apr 9, 11:01 a.m.

    JustOneGodLessThanU - Nice use of references. Too bad your references come from an Anti-death... View More

    — Posted by BigOski

    These are the actual numbers of murders and executions by State and easily verified. It’s a very simple process and ratio using basic mathematics.

  • PDMARTIN Apr 8, 3:31 p.m.

    Look at this "Person". No remorse or regret in his expression. Another burden to the taxpayer.

    Absoulutely. he knows he's getting 3 squares and place to lay his head. We do need to reinstate the death penalty in every state and when convicted of murder then there they go.
    That's why criminals aren't scared. The justice system and "civil rights" folks have gotten involved and they get to live like kings. Prison is easy and they all know that.

  • Lightfoot3 Apr 8, 3:29 p.m.

    "Since most believe in the death penalty; explain to me why Blanche Taylor Moore is sitting in prison on death row, looking good and alive?" - 678devilish


    Broken system. She should have been executed long, long ago. I fully support the death penalty, but we need to fix how we administer it.


    "The Death Penalty: 1- Costs us much more money than Life without parole" - JustOneGodLessThanU


    I'm not sure that's true, but one way to make the death penalty much, MUCH less is to actually carry it out within a reasonable time. One year going by without the guilty being executed is bad enough, but 15, 20, or more years is ridiculous.

  • fairisfair Apr 8, 3:26 p.m.

    It is one thing when they kill each other. Because I really don’t care when they take each... View More

    — Posted by icdumbpeople

    I totally agree with you. Unfortunately prisoners probably do get better care than a lot of people in rest homes and nursing homes. That's because more government money goes to prisoners than our innocent sick and elderly. One year of appeal sounds fair to me.

  • PracticalMagick Apr 8, 3:22 p.m.

    ...don't you think 3 hots and a cot is a step up in the world?

    NOT REALLY!!!

    — Posted by 678devilish

    Yes, because I'm fairly certain you've never actually had to live on the streets, and you've probably also worked for everything you have, but not everyone is that fortunate, and I know people that are happier in jail than they are on the street...but that's okay. You live in your world where prisoners are unhappy, horribly sorry, regretful individuals who will cry themselves to sleep, wishing themselves back in that cardboard box under the bridge. You're happier there. :)

  • truthhurts1000 Apr 8, 3:15 p.m.

    Why are people so crazy these days... If you don't like some body you don't have to kill them..

  • fairisfair Apr 8, 3:15 p.m.

    but we cannot contniue to house death row inmates for decades as they continue

    We should not... View More

    — Posted by 678devilish

    You say we can't keep housing them for decades. Then you say we should not have to pay for them in prison. I assume by your comments you believe the man should just be let go. Prison is not free. Someone has to pay as long as the murderer is alive in prison. The people that are against the death penalty could always come together and fund the prisons. And you could tell the child's mother that you are each personally keeping the man that murdered her child warm, safe, and fed. I would rather spend more tax dollars educating children and less on those that kill them.

  • icdumbpeople Apr 8, 3:11 p.m.

    It is one thing when they kill each other. Because I really don’t care when they take each other out. However when he kills a kid - he belongs on death row without a 20 year paid medical, 3 meals a day and clothing. My father went into a rest home and people on death row live better! Something is really wrong with this world.

More...