DA: Hickory man accused of murder will not face death penalty

A Hickory man accused of murder will not face the death penalty for the November 2015 shooting dead of Phillip Eugene McLean, 45, according to District Attorney David Learner. 

Prosecutors for the State announced Monday they will not pursue capital punishment in the murder case against LaKeith Marshaun Lawrence, 20. Lawrence still faces the possibility of life in prison without parole, according to District Attorney Learner.

Hickory police arrested and charged Lawrence Friday, November 20. Lawrence faces charges for murder and possession of a firearm by felon. 

Officers responded to a report of a shooting on Thursday, November 19, around 1:15 p.m. in the 600 block of 17th St Dr NW.

McLean was found lying on the ground suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. He died at the scene.

Police believe Lawrence fled the scene on foot. He was arrested a short time later.

Lawrence remain in the Catawba County Detention Center without bond. His next court appearance is schedule for May 2.