Death penalty sought for men accused of killing volunteer firefighter

Marco Kauffman

Marco Kauffman

ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. — Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for two men accused of killing a volunteer firefighter in Rowan County.

WSOC-TV reported that 25-year-old Marco Kauffman was fatally shot in the head on Dec. 2 after he and his pregnant wife were returning home from a Thanksgiving trip. Deputies said it happened after two men broke into their home.

Kauffman had been in the hospital fighting for his life since he interrupted a burglary at his home in Rowan County.  He died on Dec. 20.

Khari McCleland, 23, is accused of shooting Kauffman in the head. Deputies eventually arrested four men in the case.

The charges against McClelland and Jaylend Daquan, 19, have been upgraded to first-degree murder, deputies said.

Kauffman’s wife, Maryanne Kauffman, gave birth to Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman on Valentine’s Day.

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