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Murder plea leads to courtroom outburst

Posted December 16, 2010

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— Wake County deputies had to remove several people from a courtroom Thursday afternoon during a hearing in which a Raleigh man pleaded guilty to a 2009 slaying.

Chandler “Chant” Cooley-Davis Avery, no age or address available, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 8, 2009, death of Calvin Eric Dae Jr. He was sentenced to 15 to 19 years in prison.

Dae, 21, was found inside a 1996 Cadillac that hit a mailbox and ended up in a ditch in the 7200 block of Parott Drive in northeast Raleigh.

He died of  of a stab wound to the chest, according to an autopsy report, and he also had wounds on his neck, forearm and finger.

Investigators found Avery's fingerprints inside the car, along with a homemade shank crafted out of electrical tape and a knife blade.

Avery apologized in court to Dae's family, but Dae's father said he couldn't forgive Avery, saying that he lost his own life when his son was killed.

After the sentencing, several members of Dae's family became very vocal, prompting deputies to remove them from the courtroom.


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  • pomcomm Dec 17, 2010

    I am grateful to all the understanding comments posted here....My life will never be the same WITHOUT MY SON..For the media to make a mockery of an outburst as if Chandler was victimized???? Lord help you who wrote this. This creep didnt steal a piece of candy...He murdered my son

  • pomcomm Dec 17, 2010

    This man never apologized to me or my family...He flimsily said "i;m sorry....umma try to do better" to the judge....not to me or my family. I am appauled at the media making a misrepresentation of a fact....This man took something from me only God had a right to take...then looked back and waved at his family with a smile...could you forgive this man if it were your son??

  • dogluv3r Dec 16, 2010

    The only thing I can figure on this one is they did not have enough evidence for a 1st degree murder conviction. Fingerprints inside a car just proves he was in it, not what he did in it. I hate it, but it may be the best they could get with the evidence they had.

  • no1uno Dec 16, 2010

    Airbornemonty...truth hurts, yes you are correct. people in authority are in those positions because we elected them there, we did it, we should fix it or quit bellyachin'. Also I agree with pipcolt..excuse everyone else out of the c-room and let the family have their say.

  • airbornemonty Dec 16, 2010

    As far as complaining about the judges, we have no one to blame but our selves since we keep voting for the same people whenever they come up for reelection.

    Are we too lazy to do any history check on these guys, I think on the average that we are.

  • pipcolt Dec 16, 2010

    The victims family should have the final say-so on what type of sentencing the guilty person should get. Not the state. The state should be there just to oversee that a fair trial is given only.

  • no1uno Dec 16, 2010

    15 to 19 yers...2nd degree...what? If the DA's office doesn't enforce the toughest penalties available, and bails out on the first plea they can get, things are going to get alot worse around here. Send the message that this will not be tolerated. I agree oleguy, eye for an eye. Eventually GOD will hand down the final sentence.

  • oleguy Dec 16, 2010

    An EYE for an EYE

    Our Justice system is a joke, A very expensive one to boot

  • Tax Man Dec 16, 2010

    Imagine this murderer will get his just reward during his sentence. He will likely make someone mad and end up as his victim did - killed by a makeshift knife. The plea bargain saved him many years as if he did not plead guilty he would have gotten life without parole.

  • pamelaworley1969 Dec 16, 2010

    They have every right to be upset and vocal, they are the victims and the system has no respect for them or their feelings. Murder tends to make loved ones vocal...for good reason!
    GOLO member since November 27, 2007
    December 16, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    Couldnt agree more ! I had a friend who was shot in the back and almost died and when it went to trial the guy got probation and my firend spoke up and said aint that a (explicative) and the judge locked him of for contempt for 30 days because he was angry that the boy who almost killed him got probation. What has happened to the justice system in this country ?