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Winston-Salem man charged with killing 2-year-old now faces death penalty

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FORSYTH COUNTY, N.C. — A Forsyth County judge approved a request to seek the death penalty against a Winston-Salem man accused of killing a 2-year-old boy.

Daryl Jerome Reed, 26, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Corey Joseph Plater on Aug. 12, 2014.

On Monday, a Rule 24 hearing, in which prosecutors formally ask for the death penalty, was held. Judge Stuart Albright of Forsyth Superior Court granted the prosecutor’s request.

Assistant District Attorney Belinda Foster said in court that one of the aggravating factors in pursuing the death penalty was that Reed had previously been convicted of abuse. Foster said Reed also was convicted in 2007 of armed robbery. According to the N.C. Department of Public Safety, Reed served five years and seven months in prison.

Read more: Winston-Salem Journal