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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