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Prosecutors to seek death against man in Wilmington killing

Posted 7:53 a.m. Tuesday

— Prosecutors say they will seek a death sentence if a man is convicted in the slaying of a woman in Hew Hanover County.

Local media outlets report that District Attorney Ben David said Monday he will seek the death sentence if 54-year-old James O. Bradley is convicted of killing Elisha Tucker.

Tucker's body was found in 2014 while authorities were searching for a missing co-worker of Bradley, Shannon Rippy Van Newkirk.

Newkirk has been missing since 2014. She was a co-worker of Bradley at a local landscaping company.

Bradley faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of both women.

Bradley is a former Army sergeant who previously served 23 years in prison for the 1988 slaying of 8-year-old stepdaughter, Ivy Gipson, in Fayetteville.

Bradley had been granted parole in 2013.

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