State to seek death penalty for Fayetteville man

Aug. 22, 2013 @ 06:24 PM

The State of North Carolina will seek the death penalty against a Fayetteville man for allegedly killing a 58-year-old woman in July.

John Franklin Alexander, 34, was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Ella Everette Davis, who was found dead in her apartment in the Greens of Pine Glen complex near Southpoint on July 25.

To seek the death penalty, a prosecutor must show an aggravating circumstance from a list aggravating circumstances as prescribed by law. Assistant District Attorney Jim Dornfried said he suggested three aggravating circumstances, although he only needs one, to seek the death penalty.

They included that that Alexander had already been convicted of second-degree murder; that he committed the murder during an armed robbery and that he committed the murder for pecuniary gain.

Alexander was convicted of second-degree murder in December 2001 in Cumberland County and served 16 years and eight months in prison. He was released in March 2012.

Alexander was arrested after Davis’s death in Harnett County after he wrecked the car he was driving, which was allegedly stolen from Davis, in Harnett County.

He also had a stolen TV and other stolen electronic equipment, Dornfried said.

In all, Alexander is facing charges of murder, carrying a concealed weapon, driving while impaired, felony larceny, larceny of a motor vehicle, possession of an open container, possession of a firearm by a felon, resisting a public officer, possession of Schedule II drugs, which generally refers to addictive prescription drugs, and trafficking opium or heroin, according to the Durham County Jail website. He is being held without bond.