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Men plead not guilty in Burlington murder

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — Two men reportedly pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of a Burlington man.

Marquis Spence, 22, and Brandon Malone, 22, both of Buxton Street in Durham, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Anthony Kevette Jones.

According to the Burlington Times-News, the state is not seeking the death penalty.

According to police, Jones and a second victim, 23-year-old Micah White, were found shot shortly before 6:15 p.m. Tuesday at 709 Avon Ave.

Jones was pronounced dead after being taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center, while Micah was treated and released from UNC Hospital in Chapel Hill.

Police said the suspects were arrested on Buxton Street with the assistance of the Durham Police Department.  The SBI also assisted in the investigation.

In addition to the murder charge, the suspects are each charged with assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.  They also pleaded not guilty to the assault charges, the Times-News reports.

A relatives of the victim tells the Times-News he was upset that the defendants “weren’t admitting guilt.”

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