DA: 16-year-old charged with Marine's murder will not face death penalty if convicted

- A 16-year-old accused of shooting a Marine to death leaving him to burn inside his home in Catawba County will not be facing the death penalty. 

Prosecutors for the State announced on Tuesday that they will not be seeking capital punishment for Lennon Riley Henderson, 16, for the Aug. 5, 2017, death of 40-year-old Harry Lewis Bruner Jr. 

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The Catawba County Sheriff said the veteran was shot to death before the house went up in flames. No guns were found inside. No cash either. The sheriff said in August that robbery could be a possible motive.

Currently, the law does not allow the State to pursue the death penalty for Henderson because of his age. He is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

The Catawba County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate this case.


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