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New Prosecutor Assigned to Quadruple Homicide Case

Posted June 29, 2007

— A new prosecutor has been appointed to oversee a quadruple murder case that disbarred District Attorney Mike Nifong had been handling.

Juan Coleman, 27, Jamel Holloway, 27, Lennis Harris Jr., 24, and Jonathan Skinner, 26, were found shot to death execution-style inside the residence at 2222 Alpine Road on Nov. 19, 2005.

Rodrick Vernard Duncan was charged with the slayings last October. Police continue to search for two other men seen fleeing from the scene after the shootings.

Nifong said he would handle the case personally and would seek the death penalty against Duncan.

After Nifong was disbarred and suspended as district attorney for his handling of the Duke University lacrosse team sexual assault case, Interim District Attorney Jim Hardin assigned the case to Assistant District Attorney Tracy Cline.

Hardin said they will review the entire case file before deciding how to proceed.


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  • Jokers Wild Jun 30, 2007

    Nancy - That is EXACTLY the way a good prosecutor should handle these cases! They are NOT the judge,jury,or executioner in ANY trial. The prosecutor should simply submit evidence that pertains to the case, and let the judge and jury decide if it is good enough. Do you honestly believe someone being found "Innocent" has anything to do with wether or not they actually committed the crime?? Being found Innocent only proves a few things, and wether or not you actually committed the crime is not one of them! Look at O.J. and all the other high-profile cases that received "not guilty" verdicts...

  • Nancy Jun 30, 2007

    Tracey Cline is of the "no drop" policy, doesn't matter if the case is strong or weak, they push through a trial. That's not good prosecutorial practice, as we have repeatedly seen in Durham.

    Ms. Cline put people in jail for long stretches who were later found innocent. I don't think she's a good prosecutor at all.

  • absolute Jun 30, 2007

    I think Tracy Kline would do well with that case. She's been in 16 years & has tried many felony cases. We all make mistakes, prosecutors are not perfect nor are any of us. As far as the death penaly, I just posted another video I did at myspace.com/femalevet called Sentenced 2 Death. A mother/pastor has a son on death row and another one who was murdered. Listen to her story of a person on both sides of the fence. Then judge for yourself. Everybody has the right to make their own choices. This will be a heavy debate in the 2008 elections.

  • Nancy Jun 29, 2007

    Sadly, the track record of Tracey Cline as a prosecutor is dismal, she was also part of the Duke non-rape case hoax. Prior to that while Hardin was DA, she brought false charges and had a man in jail for over a year for rape, when DNA didn't support it and the correct criminal was found later. She's abyssmal. These families deserve better than Tracey Cline.

  • moglinferno Jun 29, 2007

    Mr. & Mrs. Harris are very close to my heart. I've been good friends with their son (Lennis Jr's step brother) for many years. I had to see the pain & suffering the family went through. Be strong. The death penalty should be sought. I hope they find the other 2 guys so they may share the same ending.