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Prosecution Rests in Boggess Murder Trial

Posted May 24, 2007

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— The prosecution wrapped up its case Thursday in a Durham murder trial dating back to the 1990s.

Todd Boggess is charged with the slaying of Wilmington honor student Danny Pence. Pence, 16, was found beaten to death in a wooded area of northern Durham County in 1995.

Boggess was later convicted and sentenced to die, but the conviction was overturned on a technicality.

Boggess' lawyers are expected to present their case later Thursday afternoon. They are expected to call only one witness to the stand -- a doctor testifying about Boggess' mental state.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty.

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  • skinnycow May 25, 2007

    Death or life in prison for this person who had no respect for the victims life he took is the only way justice can be served.

  • European American May 24, 2007

    Mental State? He won't have a "mental state" when he gets the death penalty he deserves. Oh wait, the prosecutor doesn't have the nerve to seek the death penalty. Maybe the "accused" will get it anyways while in jail. Don't want to waste too much tax money on this trash.