Friends, family of Bakri Khidir seek death penalty for accused murderer

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The friends and family of murdered delivery driver Bakri Khidir have one request for the fate of his accused killer -- that he get the death penalty.

About 30 of Khidir's friends and family packed a Guilford County courtroom Tuesday morning. For many of them, it was their first time seeing Jeremy Carter, the man accused in the murder, face-to-face.

"My whole body just shivered, seeing the killer of my cousin face-to-face," said Aowd Ali. "It just made me want to shed tears. It was pretty awful. An awful feeling."

The judge ruled to move the death penalty hearing for Carter until Feb. 29 at the earliest.

Carter is charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm by a felon. Investigators say in Oct. 2015, Carter called in a fake delivery order to Olivia's Restaurant in Greensboro, then shot and killed the driver, Bakri Khidir, and stole the chicken wings.

Khidir leaves behind a wife and two children, who friends say have since returned to their home country of Sudan.

"She has to be with her family in order for her to get better," Ali said. "Whenever things like this happen, we all as a family, as a community, stick together and try to help one another. We will be at every court date until this thing is over. If this thing is not over, we will not stop coming."

Khidir's brother, Salah Mohamed, flew in from Sudan to be at Carter's court appearance.

"We need the death penalty," he said. "It would help everyone. If he's dead, he cannot kill again."

Sgt. Tommy Sluder with the Guilford County Sheriff's Office said they believe Carter acted alone in Khidir's murder and the only motivation they found was robbery. Sluder said the sheriff's department is still awaiting test results to see if the shell casings found on the scene match the gun that was later found in Carter's vehicle. Sluder said the firearm in question was reported stolen on Aug. 25, 2013, from a home in Greensboro.