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Trial Expected to Begin Monday for Durham Murder Suspect

Posted May 14, 2007

— Opening statements are set for Monday in the trial of a man accused of killing a Wilmington teen.

A Durham jury sentenced Todd Boggess to death a decade ago for the slaying of 16-year-old Danny Pence. However, the Supreme Court gave Boggess a new trial because of a technicality.

Pence, 16, was found beaten to death in a wooded area of northern Durham County in 1995. Investigators believe Boggess and Melanie Gray kidnapped Pence from Wilmington, brought him to Durham and killed him before stealing his car.

Gray, who was 14 years old at the time, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was set free in 2005.

Prosecutors have announced that they are not seeking the death penalty. Testimony is expected to last a week.


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  • divaloca79 May 14, 2007

    The technicality was that Judge Hudson misinstructed the jury regarding the definition of Life Without Parole. Also, the court reporter at the first trial withheld the transcript and was sent to jail because of contempt.

  • jim2dart May 14, 2007

    It seems like these criminals have more rights than their victims. Convicted felons should not have rights...He's probably going to get a lighter sentence just because the system is too saturated for him to get an expensive trial for the same sentence. I can't imagine how bad the victim's family must feel, it's not right.

  • I hear voices May 14, 2007

    What was the technacality? Is there new DNA evidence or what?

  • mythoughts22 May 14, 2007

    i do not understand if u take someones life then you should have ur life taken and just b/c of a technicality u should be aloud to eventually roam the streets again. THAT IS NOT JUSTICE.....what is wrong with our judicial system...

  • sapphire5660 May 14, 2007

    I guess Danny Pence's family's really happy about this development....