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Murder plea leads to courtroom outburst

Posted December 16, 2010 3:33 p.m. EST

— Wake County deputies had to remove several people from a courtroom Thursday afternoon during a hearing in which a Raleigh man pleaded guilty to a 2009 slaying.

Chandler “Chant” Cooley-Davis Avery, no age or address available, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the April 8, 2009, death of Calvin Eric Dae Jr. He was sentenced to 15 to 19 years in prison.

Dae, 21, was found inside a 1996 Cadillac that hit a mailbox and ended up in a ditch in the 7200 block of Parott Drive in northeast Raleigh.

He died of  of a stab wound to the chest, according to an autopsy report, and he also had wounds on his neck, forearm and finger.

Investigators found Avery's fingerprints inside the car, along with a homemade shank crafted out of electrical tape and a knife blade.

Avery apologized in court to Dae's family, but Dae's father said he couldn't forgive Avery, saying that he lost his own life when his son was killed.

After the sentencing, several members of Dae's family became very vocal, prompting deputies to remove them from the courtroom.