Man accused in fatal road rage stabbing will not face death penalty


35-year-old Derek Gribble

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty in a murder case linked to a possible road rage incident earlier this year, according to the The Lexington Dispatch.

On May 28, an alleged road rage incident led to an altercation between 35-year-old Derek Gribble and 22-year-old Colton Johnson. Investigators say both men got out of their vehicles and began fighting in front of the Pilgrim Auto Electric Shop.

Investigators say that’s when Gribble stabbed Johnson in the throat. Johnson died of injuries sustained in the altercation.

On Tuesday, Davidson County Superior Court Judge Ted Royster accepted an order from the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office, indicating prosecutors will not pursue a capital case against Gribble, according to the paper.

Davidson County Assistant District Attorney Alan Martin told the paper prosecutors will not seek the death penalty because there is no evidence of any aggravating factors that would allow the state to make it a capital case.

Gribble remained in custody Tuesday under no bond at the Davidson County Detention Center. His court date is set for Oct. 14.

Read more: The Lexington Dispatch

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