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Mays Charged with Murdering Raleigh Police...

Posted July 14, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— As the family, friends and colleagues of slain Raleigh police officer Paul A. Hale prepared for and attended his funeral, the man suspected in Hale's death and that of another man was charged in the slaying. Kawame Lloyd Mays, 19, was formally arrested Sunday on two counts of first-degree murder, accused of killing Hale and Michael J. Walker, a 33-year-old North Raleigh man.

Mays has been in custody since Friday but had been in a local hospital where he was treated for a shoulder wound sustained in a shootout with police. He appeared in a Wake County court Monday afternoon. His next appearance is set for Monday August 4.

Hale was shot in the head with a 9 mm handgun in front of Ligon Middle School Friday afternoon. He and his partner had been among officers looking for Mays, who was wanted in the shooting death of Walker. The earlier murder occurred on Quarry Street early Friday. Walker was also shot in the head.

Hale is survived by his wife and two young daughters. The funeral is scheduled for Tuesday at 11 a.m. at St. Raphael's Catholic church in North Raleigh.

Hale was a Raleigh police officer for seven years, and was promoted to detective just four days before his death.

Mays' hometown is unknown. Warrants exist for him in Albany, New York. He is charged with stealing his mother's car in New York. He gave her home as Queens, New York, and also St. Thomas, Virgin Islands.

Mays is being held without bond in Raleigh's Central Prison. Usually, suspects are kept in the city jail while they await trial or until they can post bond. Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has not announced if he will seek the death penalty. Two funds have been set up in the wake of Hale's death.

If you would like to contribute, send checks or money orders to the Paul Hale Memorial Fund, c/o Ravenscroft School, 7409 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC 27615 or to the Scholarship Fund (for Hale's two daughters), P.O. Box 590, Raleigh, NC 27602. -->