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Death Penalty Sought in Bahama Slaying

Posted April 4, 2007

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— Prosecutors plan to pursue the death penalty against two people charged with gunning down a retired businessman last summer.

Edwin Knowles, 71, was found shot to death in his Bahama home last July. He was the retired owner and operator of Bug Man Exterminators in Durham and owned several rental properties, according to family members.

Anthony Rudolph Rankins, 41, of Raleigh, Christy Crittenton, 33, of Creedmoor, Brian Courtney Brooks, 38, of Garner, and Christopher Brooks, 41, of Garner, were charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the case.

Authorities said the four suspects stole jewelry, watches and currency from Knowles' home. After a struggle, someone shot the retired businessman in the head, authorities said.

Prosecutors said they would seek the death penalty against Crittenton and Rankins. Crittenton previously served several years in prison for stabbing a former Durham police officer to death.

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  • E-Diva Apr 5, 2007

    Crittenton should have gotten the death penalty for his fist murder. Then, maybe this would not have happened.

  • computergeek Apr 5, 2007

    The conservatives owned the majority in Congress and had the power to make changes for years until the most recent election changed that. It's time to stop blaming a particular party or political bent for the failures of our justice system. I see this at my place of employment every day - it is much easier to blame someone else for the problems than to get to work and do something about correcting them.

  • deerslayer Apr 5, 2007

    This is such a freekin joke..pursue something the bleeding heart tree huggers have succeeded in stopping..take this scum out and glue some horns and a white tail on him for bubba day...

  • narck9 Apr 5, 2007

    "Anthony Rudolph Rankins, 41, of Raleigh, Christy Crittenton, 33, of Creedmoor, Brian Courtney Brooks, 38, of Garner, and Christopher Brooks, 41, of Garner, were charged with first-degree murder and first-degree robbery in the case."

    "Crittenton previously served several years in prison for stabbing a former Durham police officer to death."

    This is the type of society that the liberals want. Until it happens to thier family. The justice system has failed us miserably as law abiding citizens. Thanks liberals!

  • 68_polara Apr 5, 2007

    Another previously convicted murderer kills again after been let out of prison. It's not even a surprise to hear stories like this anymore. What is going on in our judicial system?

  • Fence Straddler Apr 5, 2007

    Christy Crittenton is one that I am familiar with. She did kill a former Durham Police Officer in a hotel room in Raleigh. I had the unfortunate viewing of the crime scene photos while I was a Police Officer for the City of Raleigh. She matter of factedly confessed to the killing. She disposed the knife in a hotel dumpster.

    She is a sick and twisted individual (criminal) and does not deserve another taxpayer vacation.

  • SOCLOSE Apr 4, 2007

    "Crittenton previously served several years in prison for stabbing a former Durham police officer to death."

    - WHAT!!! HOW THE HELL DID HE GET OUT TO BEGIN WITH??!!!

  • BLA BLA BLA Apr 4, 2007

    just shoot them in the head and be done with it. Like they did to that poor man.

    "Crittenton previously served several years in prison for stabbing a former Durham police officer to death."

    several years? and a former police officer? Hmm these four will probably get in 2yrs for a headshot.

  • Get a clue Apr 4, 2007

    Crittenton is a clear case of the failing justice system. Stabbed a person to death and lives to kill again. WTF is wrong with this picture?

  • Tax Man Apr 4, 2007

    OK, I hereby volunteer for the firing squad. We don't need any doctor for that - no suffering, just instant death! Let's get them convicted, sentenced and rush those appeals through. Maybe we could do it by June! Bet there are millions of other volunteers ready to help me. Let's do it!

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