Charles Michael Haywood, 22, appeared earlier than a decide on Monday, March 27, and will probably be charged with capital homicide for the deadly stabbing of a girl working at a hemp retailer in North Carolina final yr.
Margaret Bracey, who was 42, was working alone at Exotic Hemp Company when Haywood barged into the shop. Safety footage reveals what seems to be Haywood asking her about merchandise earlier than pulling out a knife and demanding her to empty the register. Then he stabbed her a number of occasions and killed her despite the fact that she complied along with his calls for.
WECT reports that District Lawyer Ben David says the State of North Carolina is looking for the loss of life penalty for a person charged within the deadly stabbing of a girl who labored at a hemp retailer final August. WWAY reports Superior Court docket Choose Daybreak Layton agreed and dominated in favor of the district lawyer workplace’s proposal.
“That is particularly heinous, atrocious, or merciless, given the info and circumstances of what occurred to Margaret Bracey that night. It was additionally within the fee of an armed theft, and completed for pecuniary achieve. These are all aggravating elements, the place the state is empowered to hunt the loss of life penalty. Not each first diploma homicide is loss of life penalty eligible, it’s a must to have what are known as aggravating circumstances. The decide agreed that based mostly on the info and circumstances of this case, it ought to proceed ahead and Charles Michael Haywood will probably be tried for his life,” said Pender County District Lawyer Ben David.
The arrest warrant particulars the course of occasions that led to Bracey’s loss of life.
“Haywood eliminated the money from the register after which attacked Bracey with the knife, stabbing her a number of occasions,” a Surf Metropolis, North Carolina-based detective wrote as possible trigger for a search warrant. “Because of the knife assault by Haywood, Bracey was killed.”
“Haywood lower his hand throughout the assault and was seen on video bleeding from his hand,” the warrant continues.
In keeping with the arrest warrant, Haywood took about $750 from the register and put it in his backpack. Then he swapped out garments to disguise himself as he left.
The attacker was turned in by his personal mom after she noticed his face on TV.
“[Haywood’s mother] introduced Haywood to the Surf Metropolis Police Division the place he was interviewed and in the end arrested for first-degree homicide and armed theft,” the court docket doc states. “Whereas interviewing [Haywood’s mother], she suggested that Haywood had returned to her residence along with his shirt wrapped round his hand. [She] acknowledged that Haywood entered the residence and showered. [She] acknowledged that she checked on Haywood and located that he had a laceration to his hand that required medical consideration. [She] acknowledged that Haywood put the shirt he had wrapped round his hand right into a trash bag and put the trash bag into the surface trash can.”
Whereas Haywood was held in jail, he was denied bail.
The following court docket date for the case has not but been set. District Lawyer Ben David says he expects the jury to be chosen amongst residents dwelling in Pender County, North Carolina.
“Two of my prosecutors, Jason Smith and Amy White, are each going to be truly dealing with the case with regards to trial. I used to be current on the scene with Jason, the evening it occurred, and we’ve all been working carefully. That’s one factor I need to stress, you understand, these choices aren’t made flippantly, we’ve over 100-years, price of prosecutors, across the desk with me and the lead investigators, when we’ve what are known as essential case evaluations.”