Jury finds man guilty of murder in beating death of UNC professor

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Troy Arrington listens to the verdict

A jury found Troy Arrington guilty of first-degree murder and robbery Thursday in the 2014 beating death of a UNC professor. He was sentenced to life without parole.

Derick Davis II, of Durham, is also charged with first-degree murder and armed robbery in the death of 59-year-old Feng Liu. Davis will be tried next.

Feng Liu

The men allegedly hit Liu over the head with a stone as he walked in Chapel Hill. They then took his wallet. The research professor died a day later at the hospital.
The news stunned the community.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall is not seeking the death penalty for either man.

Liu was an internationally-known scientist who had worked in UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy since 2005.

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Prosecution is not seeking the death penalty for two men accused of beating a UNC professor to death

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