Orange County prosecutors will not to seek the death penalty for four men accused in the July shooting death of Malik Devon Brown Burnette.
Brown Burnette, 18, and Tanner Cobb, 18, both of Chapel Hill, were shot shortly before 10 p.m. July 26 in a cul-de-sac at the intersection of Jackie Robinson and Adelaide Walter streets in eastern Chapel Hill.
Brown Burnette died at the hospital; Cobb was treated for a gunshot wound to his arm.
Jalen Raekwon Hackney, 18, of Burlington; Renaire Lewis II, 22, of Shelby; and Thomas Oliver, 30, of Gastonia, were among five people charged in the shooting. They face felony charges of first-degree murder, attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact.
Denzel Lamont Spikes, 23, of 307 Buckles Ave. in Shelby, was charged with felony first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon and weapon possession by a felon.
He also is charged with the felony attempted murder of Cobb.
All four men could face life in prison if convicted of first-degree murder.
Each waived his appearance at Tuesday’s hearing in Orange County Superior Court, according to their attorneys. The men are being held in the Orange County Jail without bond and will return for another hearing Jan. 31.
A fifth defendant in the case, Laquida Shuntae Poston, 26, of Shelby, also is scheduled for a Jan. 31 hearing. Prosecutors decided in November not to seek the death penalty if she is found guilty of first-degree murder.
Poston also is charged with attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact, and is being held in the Orange County Jail under a $2 million bond.