Durham prosecutors seek death penalty in boy’s killing
DURHAM, N.C. — Prosecutors told a judge Tuesday they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of gunning down a 9-year-old boy who was sitting in a car with his mother.
Police told WTVD that 23-year-old Everett Graves shot Jaeden Sharpe on Jan. 4. The boy later died after being taken off life support.
Graves is also accused of shooting Sharpe’s mom, Lakeisha Holloway. Holloway survived.
A ‘Rule 24″ hearing was held for Graves in a Durham courtroom Tuesday. Such hearings are standard in first-degree murder cases where prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The hearing is an opportunity for the judge to sign off and make certain that a capital case defender has been appointed. One has been appointed for Graves.
In addition to the murder charge, Graves is charged with 3 counts of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, shooting into a vehicle, and violating his parole.