State won't seek death penalty against drug dealer

Jun. 10, 2013 @ 05:25 PM

Prosecutors will not seek the death penalty against Veshan Maurice Chambers, 24, for allegedly shooting and killing a man in January 2011.

Chambers is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jimmie "June" Lamont Harris Jr., 24. Durham Police received a call about shots fired and when they arrived at 507 Canal St., they found Harris. He was pronounced dead on the scene.

Another man, who was 28, had also been shot, and was transported to the hospital with serious wounds.

The case grew cold, but in March, the Durham County Grand Jury indicted Chambers for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serous injury and possession of a firearm by a felon.

During a short hearing last week, Assistant District Attorney Luke Bumm told the judge the state would not be seeking the death penalty.

No one else has been charged in the death of Harris.

Since Harris was shot, Chambers was convicted in federal court of conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and is serving a 13-year sentence.