Death penalty sought in JT Tire murders

O'Brian McNeil White

May 9, 2012 10:29:06 AM PDT
The Durham County prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against the suspect in the JT Tire slayings.

Back in March, witnesses said a robber walked into the store and started shooting. Sixty-five-year-old Naomi Turner Wright and 32-year-old Abdelgadir Mergany Abdelganir were killed.

Fifty-one year-old Terry Shaw and another man -- Javier Ramirez -- were hurt.

Twenty-four-year-old O'Brian McNeil White was later charged with two counts of first-degree murder, three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and one count of robbery.

On Wednesday during a Rule 24 Hearing -- a hearing where the prosecution must say whether they will seek the death penalty -- White was all smiles and blew a kiss to an unknown woman in the courtroom.

"The state is at this time announcing we will be proceeding on the capitol murder, death penalty in each murder case," Asst. DA Charlene Coggins-Franks said.

The prosecution laid out their arguments as to why they are seeking the death penalty, and the judge agreed there was sufficient evidence to proceed.

    He then shot two more individuals, one was working on a car, Terry Shaw, that would be the felonious assault he was shot in the head but he has survived. He also shot another customer. John Turner and Naomi Wright were taken into the room where the money was, and the defendant made Miss Naomi Wright throw money into a bag the defendant was holding and he kept yelling at her she wasn't doing it quick enough. He finally said (expletive) you're not doing it fast enough, he shot her in the chest, she dropped, and she is also deceased.

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