ORANGE COUNTY – Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall says his office won’t pursue the death penalty in a double homicide from 2012.
Facing charges are 20-year-old Curtis Kantawiti White, Jr. of Allie Mae Road in Cedar Grove and 24-year-old Ladelle Alverez Faucette of Apsley Drive in McLeansville.
Woodall says the families of the victims were consulted about level of punishment.
“We try to involve families as much as we can in almost any case where we have a victim,” Woodall says. “But I think in homicide cases there’s a lot more involvement, because it’s such a serious matter, and their losses are so great.”
Woodall says he believes that is something most district attorney’s offices do.
“The family doesn’t make the final decision, but it’s a very big factor in what we ultimately do,” Woodall says.
According to the Chapel Hill News, White and Faucette are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon. They allegedly killed 52-year-old Phillip Johnson and 68-year-old Alexander “Skip” Wade in an attempted robbery at the Week in Treasures thrift store on Mill Creek Road in Cedar Grove.
Woodall says the trials could start this summer. If convicted, the men are facing life in prison.