DA seeks death penalty in Chapel Hill shooting of Muslim students

A district attorney in North Carolina will seek the death penalty for the man accused of killing three young Muslim-Americans near the University of North Carolina in February, an administrative assistant confirmed to msnbc on Monday.

Durham County District Attorney Roger Echols on Feb. 25 filed a notice of intent to seek the death penalty against the suspect, Craig Hicks, 46, of Chapel Hill, the assistant, Candy Clark, told msnbc. A hearing is expected in early April.

Hicks has been charged with three counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his three neighbors. A Durham County grand jury also indicted Hicks on one count of discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling…

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  • Xavier

    Just keep Holder and Obama out of it.

  • Brett_McS

    Murder 1 is premeditated. Doesn’t sound like a parking dispute. Have they over-reached?

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Death row means what?
      25 years of appeals and happy lawyers?

    • Frau Katze

      Apparently he had argued with them over parking before. I don’t much else.

      I read that the area was overcrowded and parking had become a problem in general. He was pretty bad-tempered. Had a bad reputation.

      • Uncle_Waspy

        I can sort of sympathize with the guy. How many of us have encountered the situation where your designated parking spot is either occupied by a tenant’s guest, or you’re blocked in.

        Such total contempt for the social contract….makes you want to have a car-beque or split the illegal parker’s head with an axe. I’m no lawyer, but I’m pretty sure that either of those things would garner one a hefty prison term.

      • Xavier

        I’m certain the Qur’an says Moslems are allowed to appropriate parking spaces of the kaffir.

        • Frau Katze

          It’s in there somewhere!

          • Curly Bill

            Howdy Frau (-:

    • I think he deserves it. He gunned three people over a parking space.

  • roccolore

    I wonder if the anti-death penalty people will…No they won’t. They only rally in support of black Muslim copkillers and gangbangers.

  • DVult

    10 to 1 they fry this guy before Tsarnayev or Hasan or any other pislamic murderers. If this guy really wanted to throw a monkey wrench into the whole proceedings he would convert to pislam in jail. Then he could cry pislamophobia and ask CAIR for help.

    • Canadian

      He`s already got the face…

      • Yusuf_Al_Kafir

        And that fat, ugly neck of his would look better hidden under a full beard.

        • Canadian

          Or a knife.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Roger Echols is a pretty serious guy. He’s a black Democrat who was appointed interim Durham county DA in the wake of the DA’s retirement. He was appointed by Pat McCrory who’s our entirely corrupt right wing GOP nearly fascist governor. Echols won his seat outright in an election last year.

    To be fair, while the news reports have all stated the crime took place in Chapel Hill, technically it took place in Durham county and not Orange county where Chapel Hill is. If this had been charged in the Chapelboro district under Jim Woodall it’s unlikely it would have seen a capital crime charged. Woodall has prosecuted some pretty horrific crimes including the Eve Carson murder where 2 black men carjacked raped and murdered a white blonde student body president and even then didn’t ask for the death penalty. And one of those defendants had 17 prior violent crimes and another murder charge hanging over his head as well as Federal murder charges.