Durham prosecutors can seek death penalty in child's killing

Apr. 08, 2014 @ 02:29 PM

Durham prosecutors can seek the death penalty in the January shooting death of a 9-year-old boy, a judge ruled Tuesday.

District Attorney Leon Stanback confirmed that his office plans to seek the death penalty against Everett Lamont Graves, 23, who is charged with shooting Jaeden Sharpe and his mother, Lakeisha Holloway, in an SUV about 6 p.m. Jan. 4 on Lucas Drive. Jaeden died six days later after he was taken off life support. His mother survived.

Police have said the shooting did not appear to be random, but they've released few details about the case.

Graves remains in the Durham County Jail under a $1.75 million bond.

Jaeden was a student at W.G. Pearson Magnet Elementary School in Durham.

A tribute was held in February for Jaeden at an annual charity basketball tournament at the Emily K. Family Life Center, and a nonprofit was created in the child's honor.