Judge OK's seeking death penalty in NC trooper's fatal shooting

Chauncey Demez Lamar Askew (J. Reuben Long Detention Center) and Trooper Kevin Conner (NC Highway Patrol)

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A judge has signed off on a prosecutor’s plan to seek the death penalty for a young adult accused in a North Carolina trooper’s shooting death.

Multiple news outlets report Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser made the decision during Friday’s court hearing Friday for 18-year-old Chauncey Askew. He’s charged with first-degree murder in the October death of Trooper Kevin Conner. District Attorney Jon David announced earlier his plans to seek capital punishment.

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Authorities say the shooting occurred along U.S. Highway 701, when a pickup truck was stopped for a speeding violation. Conner died at the hospital. Askew was arrested later in South Carolina.

David says Raheem Cole Dashanell Davis is now indicted for accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in Conner’s death. Davis’ original first-degree murder charge was dropped.