D.A. won’t seek death penalty in grandmother’s stabbing

Apr. 18, 2014 @ 11:20 PM

Durham County District Attorney Leon Stanback said Friday his office will not seek the death penalty against a teen accused of fatally stabbing his grandmother.
Treyvon Evans, 17, was arrested in February in the slaying of 62-year-old Carolyn Hemingway in the apartment they shared on Glasson Street in West Durham. He’s also accused of wounding his 4-year-old brother.
“It’s just not a death penalty case,” Stanback said Friday in explaining his decision. In fact, Evans is not eligible for the death penalty because he's under 18.
Police arrested Evans the morning of Feb. 26 after an apparent argument at the apartment.
In a 911 call received about 5 a.m. by a Durham emergency telecommunicator, a woman said: “Get an ambulance. Get an ambulance now.”
The caller said someone carried the wounded child upstairs to a neighbor’s apartment.
“This boy’s got a gash in his neck,” she said, adding that the grandmother was in “a pool of blood.”
“Is his grandmother awake?” the operator asked.
“No. She’s not awake,” the caller said. “She’s not conscious.”
Evans is charged with murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to inflict serious injury and injury to personal property. He remained Friday in the Durham County Jail under a $500,000 bond.