No death penalty sought in fatal beating of UNC professor
Posted December 17, 2014
Hillsborough, N.C. — Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said Wednesday that he doesn't plan to seek the death penalty against two men charged with beating a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill professor to death on a street near campus last summer.
Feng Liu, 59, of Durham, was taking a lunchtime walk on July 23 when he was beaten with a rock and robbed near the intersection of Ransom Street and West University Drive, police said. He died the following day at UNC Hospitals.
Derick Davis II, 23, of Scots Pine Crossing in Durham, and Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of Johnson Street in Chapel Hill, are charged with first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the case.
Liu was a research professor in UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy for the last decade, working to development cancer treatments.