No death penalty in Southpoint shooting

Monquell Davis, Deshario Mitchell, and Kadeem Johnson (Images courtesy Durham County Sheriff's Office)
March 19, 2013 1:56:39 PM PDT
Prosecutors said Tuesday that the three teens accused of shooting a man to death in a parking lot across the street from Durham's Streets at Southpoint mall will not face possible death sentences at trial.

One of the teens - Kadeem Johnson, 18 - appeared at a status hearing in Durham Tuesday. Many of his family members and friends attended.

At the same hearing, prosecutors said they also will not attempt to seek the death penalty for co-defendants Monquell Davis, 19, and Deshario Mitchell, 18.

Prosecutors said the trio was involved in the shooting of 24-year-old Brian Christopher Keys of Greensboro February 8 in a shopping center across Fayetteville Road from the popular mall.

Investigators said the teens knew Keys before the shooting. He was allegedly shot in a vehicle and then dumped in a store parking lot.

All three teens were being held without bond. Johnson's attorney asked for a bond reduction at Tuesday's hearing.

Keys' mother made an emotional plea for him to stay locked up.

"If you take a life, you shouldn't expect any rights," Angel Keys told the judge.

Johnson's bond was set at $2 million. The next court date for all three teens is in May.

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