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Second Teen Found Guilty in Retired Teacher's Murder

Posted January 24, 2007 2:07 p.m. EST

— A second teen has been convicted in connection with the 2005 slaying of a retired Raleigh teacher outside her home.

Cameron Morris, 19, was found guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder, robbery and attempted robbery and was sentenced to life in prison. Because he was 17 when the crime was committed, he didn't face the death penalty in the case.

Shirley Newkirk, 63, was shot in the driveway of her southeast Raleigh home in April 2005 as she prepared to meet a friend for an early morning walk, police said.

Investigators said the shooting was the culmination of a two-week crime spree by three teens.

Ezavia Allen, 20, was convicted of first-degree murder and numerous other charges in November. Allen was the triggerman in Newkirk's shooting, but a jury chose to sentence him to life in prison without parole instead of handing down the death penalty.

Marvin Johnson, the third defendant in the case, testified against both Allen and Morris. He has yet to be tried.