State will not seek death penalty in high school student's murder |
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WBTV has learned the State of North Carolina will not seek the death penalty against three men accused of killing high school student Daniel Cooper. The 17 year old was shot and killed May 21. Investigators said the shooting happened on Snow Street, but Cooper was discovered in his car on 22nd Street.
District Attorney Brandy Cook, Rowan, said the State made the decision not to seek the death penalty after reviewing aggravating and mitigating circumstances.
Reginald Javae Clark is charged with murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Damarick Harper, 17, is also charged with felony robbery with a dangerous weapon and murder. In addition, Darius Jamal Smotherson, 19, is facing several charges, including murder.
WBTV spoke to Cooper's mother Monday. She said she was aware of the state's decision, but had no opinion.
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