Grand jury indicts men in UNC professor’s death

Aug. 04, 2014 @ 03:56 PM

Two men were indicted Monday by an Orange County grand jury in last month’s slaying of a UNC professor.
Derick Davis II, 23, of Durham, and Troy Arrington, 27, of Chapel Hill, were indicted on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon in the July 23 death of Feng Liu, a 59-year-old research professor in UNC’s Eshelman School of Pharmacy.
Liu was beaten to death with a landscape stone about 1 p.m. on West University Drive in Chapel Hill near the intersection of Ransom Street, just a few blocks from campus, according to warrants.
He was found with severe injuries by passers-by who called 911.
Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall has said the first-degree murder charges mean Davis and Arrington could face the death penalty but that it’s too early to say if they will.
Davis and Arrington are in the Orange County Jail without bond.
Friends, family and colleagues turned out over the weekend to mourn Liu at a memorial service.