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State not seeking death penalty in Durham father's murder

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Christopher Hicks, 21, is charged with murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jevontez Massey. Massey was shot and killed on Morning Glory Avenue and Belt Street on Nov. 6. Christopher Hicks, 21, is charged with murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jevontez Massey. Massey was shot and killed on Morning Glory Avenue and Belt Street on Nov. 6.
DURHAM, N.C. -

A Durham man, accused of murdering a Durham father, will not face the death penalty.

Christopher Hicks, 21, is charged with murder in the shooting death of 22-year-old Jevontez Massey. Massey was shot and killed on Morning Glory Avenue and Belt Street on Nov. 6.

During a court appearance Wednesday, the state said it would not seek the death penalty in the case.

Massey's younger brother told the court that his brother had a one-year-old daughter that he loved spending time with.

"I just want to know the reason why—why they shot my brother," Massey's brother asked during today's court appearance.

A second suspect, 16-year-old Markecio Barker, is also charged with murder in the case.

Hicks is being held on a $750,000 bond.

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