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Suspects won't' face death penalty in Durham shopping center shooting

Posted March 19, 2013

— Prosecutors said Tuesday that they won't seek the death penalty against three men accused of fatally shooting a Greensboro man at a Durham shopping center last month.

Monquell L. Davis, 19, Deshario Tamaurious Mitchell, 18, and Kadeem Rasheed Johnson, 18, all of Durham, each face a charge of first-degree murder in the Feb. 9 shooting death of Brian Christopher Keys, 24, in the Renaissance Center shopping center near Streets at Southpoint.

During a bond hearing earlier this month, Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bedford said Keys met the three men to sell them marijuana but that the three showed up with guns. Why they allegedly shot him, she said, is still unclear.

Davis, Mitchell and Johnson are each in the Durham County jail under $2 million bonds.

Davis, who also faces charges of fleeing to elude arrest and felony hit-and-run resulting in injury, allegedly drove the getaway car after Keys was shot, Bedford said.


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  • Jack Flash Mar 21, 2013

    We really don't know the exact details of this yet, do we? I mean, for all we know, 2 of the perps were just there for an "honest" drug deal and it was the 3rd one who surprised everyone by pulling a gun.

    Plus, this is the kind of case where the victim and the perps will quickly be forgotten by the general public. Nobody really cares, and the prison system gets richer.

  • kornfan2448 Mar 20, 2013

    Anyone that can sit in a courtroom and smile and laugh after such an incident clearly has no remorse or fear of the justice system and should be made an example of. I show more remorse going in for an expired registration.

  • 1911A1 Mar 19, 2013

    this is why crime is so bad .This is why the rest of us need our firearms.

  • Sherlock Mar 19, 2013

    They will be off with a very lite sentence, couple of months in jail.. They had a bad childhood and it is the states fault they could not do better in life.

  • indrdw Mar 19, 2013

    The sad thing is the system that is supposed to protect the public lets this type of people back on the streets. If not the death penalty they should receive life without parole meaning never see the outside of prison again.

  • dougbogard Mar 19, 2013

    hmmm cold blooded murder, bringing guns to a drug deal....premeditated. tax money. not worth life.
    not these lives.

  • Dan Cooper Mar 19, 2013

    Thanks for providing a photo of those charged in the murder, now liberals can safely have an opinion of their level of sympathy for them.

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  • trueblue0100 Mar 19, 2013

    "Of course they probably had no father figure to raise them correctly, or they were born to a drug addicted mother."

    Whenever there are young Black males involved in a crime, some nut job just has to make this assumption....WHY? You know nothing about their backgrounds, yet you people continue to make that foolish and stoopid (sp.) assumption. Were the shootings in Columbine, Aurora and Newtown caused because of one of these factors as well? If not, was it because the perpetrators were white? And you then have the nerve to wonder why you are looked at as being racist. Go figure!

  • pulstar40 Mar 19, 2013

    If they brought guns to the sale, then obviously they DID think that they might use them. So, WHY NOT?