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By Erin Smith

One of the two men arrested and charged in the shooting death of North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner will be facing the death penalty.

District Attorney Jon David’s office announced on Wednesday afternoon the Columbus County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Chancy Askew for his role in the shooting of Trooper Conner. David’s office said the State does plan to seek the death penalty in this case.

Askew, 18, of Chadbourn is scheduled to appear in Columbus County Superior Court on December 13th.

Askew, was arrested in Loris, South Carolina on Tuesday, October 23rd, by law enforcement officials from both North Carolina and South Carolina.

According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, at approximately 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday, October 17th, 2018, State Trooper Kevin Conner stopped a white GMC pick-up truck for a speeding violation on US 701 near Sellers Town Road in Columbus County.

According to court records, video obtained from Trooper Conner’s dash cam and video from a nearby convenience store indicated there were two people in the white pick-up truck.

Raheem Davis, 20, of Chadbourn, is also facing a charge of first degree murder and is being held without bond. On Tuesday, he was scheduled to appear in Columbus County District Court. His case was continued until January 17, 2019, according to court records.

According to court records, Davis also has charges pending in Columbus County Superior Court of felony discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling/vehicle and two counts of felony probation violation. The case involving these charges was continued until Thursday, November 29th.

According to WECT, District Attorney Jon Davis said a charge determination will be made regarding Raheem Davis at a later time.