Judge allows death penalty argument in Durham boy's shooting death
Posted April 8, 2014
Durham, N.C. — 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.