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Second Teen Found Guilty in Retired Teacher's Murder

Posted January 24, 2007

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— A second teen has been convicted in connection with the 2005 slaying of a retired Raleigh teacher outside her home.

Cameron Morris, 19, was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder, robbery and attempted robbery and was sentenced to life in prison. Because he was 17 when the crime was committed, he didn't face the death penalty in the case.

Shirley Newkirk, 63, was shot in the driveway of her southeast Raleigh home in April 2005 as she prepared to meet a friend for an early morning walk, police said.

Investigators said the shooting was the culmination of a two-week crime spree by three teens.

Ezavia Allen, 20, was convicted of first-degree murder and numerous other charges in November. Allen was the triggerman in Newkirk's shooting, but a jury chose to sentence him to life in prison without parole instead of handing down the death penalty.

Marvin Johnson, the third defendant in the case, testified against both Allen and Morris. He has yet to be tried.

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  • nowon_yuno Jan 25, 2007

    hey Emory24, next time read all of the article

    "Marvin Johnson, the third defendant in the case, testified against both Allen and Morris. He has yet to be tried."

    This kid will get his in the end as well. Hopefully over and over again when he gets to prison

  • emory24 Jan 25, 2007

    snitch......goes free......

  • dolphins Jan 24, 2007

    i agree with vickiej40 excute them stop filling up our jails and prisons execute them they know right from wrong and all they are doing is taking up our tax money. i have a friend that works for the dept of correction and we spend almost 33,000 dollars on every inmate that is locked up.

  • finallysingle Jan 24, 2007

    It's not our responsibility to help these kids.The government shouldn't be involved in raising someone's child.He knew right from wrong,so he chose wrong,now he has to pay just like everyone else when bad decisions are made..It's the parents,not the community responsibility unless they so choose.I know I don't want to raise someone else's child..We can't keep putting up buildings in the hopes of salvaging the savages..This wonderful woman taught my kids years ago,and what a teacher she was.I hope Mrs. Newkirk is resting in peace,as her family heals.As for the thug...another one bites the dust !!!

  • Teacher4LIFE Jan 24, 2007

    Another young black male will spend the rest of this life in prison. That's not news anymore. I would like to hear about how we can honor the great woman who was taken away away to early. The media continues to write about the negative aspects of crimes but the does not do anything to try to help our youth. Daeth daeth death is all I read about in the media....What about life?