[Hpn] Teen murder suspect to be tried as adult

William C. Tinker wtinker@verizon.net
Mon, 03 Dec 2007 20:29:28 -0500


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Teen murder suspect to be tried as adult
REBECCA SULOCK
rsulock@charlotteobserver.com=20
A Gaston County teen will be tried as an adult in connection with the =
slaying of a homeless man, said Gaston County District Attorney Locke =
Bell.

Ithamar Ajalon Davis, 15, had a probable cause hearing Monday morning. A =
judge moved his case to Superior Court and set a $1 million secured =
bond, Bell said.

Davis will be charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit =
murder and malicious secret assault. A grand jury will indict him next =
week, according to the District Attorney's Office.

Davis is one of three codefendants in the case.

Last month, Quentin O'Neal Woods, 15, made a plea deal with prosecutors =
and agreed to testify against Davis and 18-year-old Rashad Burney.

Police and court documents say the teens, all self-professed members of =
the Crips gang, got into an argument with Royce Dean Mathis, 49, several =
days before he was killed. The teens thought Mathis disrespected him by =
breaking up a fight with a younger boy, and wanted to teach him a =
lesson, police said.


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<P>A Gaston County teen will be tried as an adult in connection with the =
slaying=20
of a homeless man, said Gaston County District Attorney Locke Bell.</P>
<P>Ithamar Ajalon Davis, 15, had a probable cause hearing Monday =
morning. A=20
judge moved his case to Superior Court and set a $1 million secured =
bond, Bell=20
said.</P>
<P>Davis will be charged with first degree murder, conspiracy to commit =
murder=20
and malicious secret assault. A grand jury will indict him next week, =
according=20
to the District Attorney's Office.</P>
<P>Davis is one of three codefendants in the case.</P>
<P>Last month, Quentin O'Neal Woods, 15, made a plea deal with =
prosecutors and=20
agreed to testify against Davis and 18-year-old Rashad Burney.</P>
<P>Police and court documents say the teens, all self-professed members =
of the=20
Crips gang, got into an argument with Royce Dean Mathis, 49, several =
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he was killed. The teens thought Mathis disrespected him by breaking up =
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