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Trial continues for man facing death penalty in 2014 Fuquay-Varina double homicide

Posted January 7, 2018 10:13 p.m. EST
Updated January 8, 2018 2:44 p.m. EST

— The trial for a man facing the death penalty in connection with a 2014 double homicide in Fuquay-Varina began Monday morning.

Donovan Richardson was one of three men charged in connection with shooting and killing Arthur Lee Brown, 78, and David Eugene McKoy, 66, on July 19, 2014. Authorities said robbery appeared to be a motive in the shooting.

Jury selection in the trial lasted through the month of December and opening arguments in the case began Monday morning. The trial is expected to last several weeks.

The last person to face the death penalty in Wake County was Nathan Holden, who was convicted of the 2014 murder of his ex-wife’s parents and sentenced to life in prison without parole in March 2017.

A Wake County jury has not sentenced anyone to death since 2007, and a decision to do so requires a unanimous decision by all 12 jurors.

Gregory Crawford, 22, pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and burglary in connection with the deaths of Brown and McKoy in May 2016.He was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

Britt previously pleaded guilty in connection with the crime as well.