Alamance Co. murder suspect to face death penalty

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Cameron Romero Graves, 24, of Graham

GRAHAM, N.C. — The Alamance County district attorney will seek the death penalty against a man charged with murder earlier this year, according to the Burlington Times News.

Alamance County Assistant District Attorney Gene Morris announced in a Sept. 9 hearing that Cameron Romero Graves, 24, of Graham, will face the death penalty.

Morris was charged in April with first degree murder in the death of 47-year-old Kenneth Joel Clapp.

Authorities said Clapp’s body was found shot and burned March 29 in a vacant lot on Louis Graham Road in northern Alamance County.

Deputies said the victim’s body “experienced significant trauma.” Investigators said he died of gunshot wounds to the back and abdomen.

Graves is one of six defendants in the case and one of two charged with murder. The other four were charged with accessory after the fact, accused of helping the murder suspects hide the evidence.

The district attorney has not made a decision on whether the other murder suspect, Marteese Rasheed Martin, will face the death penalty.

Officials said the decision to seek the death penalty against Graves was based on his criminal background. Graves has previous convictions for armed robbery, burglary and second-degree kidnapping and is a validated gang member, authorities said.

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