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Second teen charged in fatal Raleigh McDonald's shooting could face death penalty

Posted July 7

— A second teen charged in a fatal Fourth of July shooting at a Raleigh McDonald’s was denied bond during his first court appearance Friday and told he could face the death penalty if convicted.

Curtis Hart Rainey, 18, was arrested Thursday afternoon on Gorman Street in Raleigh and charged with murder in the death of Raheem Khary Lawrence McAllister.

McAllister was shot at about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at a McDonald’s near the downtown Raleigh fireworks show. Authorities said it was unclear if any of the people involved attended the event.

McAllister was taken to WakeMed, where he died as a result of his injuries.

On Friday, a judge gave Rainey a court-appointed attorney and told him the death penalty is an option if he is convicted because of his age.

Kenneth Edward Watts, 16, was charged Wednesday with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and assault with a deadly weapon in connection with the shooting.

Kenneth Edward Watts

Watts, during his first court appearance Thursday afternoon, was denied bond.

Raleigh police have not said if more arrests are expected in the case.


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  • Dave Hamrick Jul 8, 11:02 a.m.
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    I'm sure these were model kids, just ask their relatives.

  • Brian Tucker Jul 7, 9:08 p.m.
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    And where are there parents ? I'm sure they are so proud of there sons.

  • Pete Knowles Jul 7, 8:14 p.m.
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    Gee, Scott, how grown up.

  • Scott Spaine Jul 7, 7:00 p.m.
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    Reverend Barber were are you??

  • Jeff Freuler Jul 7, 5:12 p.m.
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    Too bad because this one and others that commit these type of crimes deserve it.

  • Chris James Jul 7, 5:03 p.m.
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    the scotus ruling in roper v simmons prevents the death penalty for anybody under 18 at the time of the crime. this is why laurence lovette was not eligible for the death penalty in the eve carson murder.