Suspects in Hickory Homicide will not receive death penalty

Two men connected with a murder that happened two months ago will not face the death penalty, according to the North Carolina District Attorney.

The decisions were released this week by prosecutors for the state. Demarcus Kashaun Pollard and Tevin Jerome Davis were arrested and charged in connection with the homicide of Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison, according to Hickory Police.

Thursday, June 11, police arrested and charged Pollard, 23, with one count of first-degree murder and no bond, according to police. Pollard is the second person to be charged in the homicide of Ellison. Thursday, June 4, Tevin Jerome Davis turned himself  in and was charged with one count of first degree murder, two counts of second degree kidnapping, and one count of felony robbery with a dangerous weapon.

The incident occurred June 1, around 11:40 p.m. Police were called out to 8th Ave. Drive SE regarding a homicide of 46-year-old Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison. Officers found Ellison inside the home unresponsive from gunshot wounds, according to police. Officers did CPR but Ellison was pronounced dead soon after.

Pollards next court date will be October 5, 2015 and Davis' next court date will be September 8, 2015.

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