Durham News

July 24, 2014

UNC professor killed in Chapel Hill; 2 men charged

Police released the name of a Durham man who died Thursday at UNC Hospitals after being beaten and robbed Wednesday afternoon in Chapel Hill.

A UNC-Chapel Hill professor died early Thursday morning after a mugging near campus Wednesday afternoon.

Chapel Hill Police found Feng Liu, 59, of 5228 Greyfield Blvd. in Durham, lying unresponsive around 1 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of West University Drive and Ransom Street in Chapel Hill. Liu suffered serious head wounds and was taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment.

Liu, a research professor in UNC's Eshelman School of Pharmacy since 2005, was studying gene and drug delivery.

Two men have been charged with assault and robbery in the incident, which happened near the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. The men will appear this afternoon in a Hillsborough courtroom, where police expect them to face additional charges, according to a news release.

Derick Davis II, 23, of 2429 Scots Pine Crossing, Durham, has been charged with misdemeanor possession of stolen goods, felony common-law robbery and felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury, according to reports.

Police also reported charging Troy Arrington Jr., 27, of 128 Johnson St., Apt. 5, Chapel Hill, with felony common-law robbery and felony assault inflicting serious bodily injury.

Both are being held in the Orange County Jail. Davis is being held under $100,000 secured bail, and Arrington is being held under a $75,000 secured bail.

Davis has multiple convictions for felony breaking and entering and larceny, dating back to 2007, in Durham County, according to state Department of Corrections records. He was released from supervised parole June 30, records show.

Arrington previously was convicted of drug, assault and firearm-related charges, records show. He was released in November 2012 from the Durham County Jail after serving 20 months for possession of a firearm by a felon, records show.

Arrington also has an Aug. 11 court date in Durham on other charges, including breaking and entering, larceny of a dog, obtaining property by false pretenses, conspiracy and being a habitual felon.

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