Death penalty ruled out in February shooting death

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Suspect: Lemuel Lee Harris Jr., and 3818 Overland Heights (Google Maps)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Prosecutors said Monday they will not pursue the death penalty for a man charged with killing his friend during a disagreement earlier this year, according to the Greensboro News & Record.

Lemuel Lee Harris, 24, of Greensboro, was charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old William McKinley Spencer III.

Police found Spencer’s body in a wooded area behind Georgetown Manor Apartments on Feb. 20.

Officers with the Greensboro Police Department were called to the apartment complex at 4:18 a.m. after receiving reports of shots being fired. Tenants told the officers they heard shots and found a bullet hole in their wall.

According to the News & Record, officers found blood outside the apartment next door and forced their way inside.

Inside the apartment, officers found five adults and evidence of a struggle.

Shortly after, Spencer’s body was found not far from the apartment.

Harris is still being held in the Guilford County Jail without bail.

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