Neal no longer facing death penalty

Aug. 11, 2014 @ 05:36 PM

The first-degree murder case of a 34-year-old Henderson resident was declared non-capital in Vance County Superior Court on Monday.

Timothy Neal, 23 Foster Road, Henderson, is no longer facing the death penalty in the shooting death of Lonnie Yancey.

The state’s cases against Neal and co-defendant Cavin White were previously declared capital. White continues to face the death penalty.

“Upon review of evidence and in preparation for trial, we decide not to proceed capitally,” said Allison Capps, assistant district attorney.

Mable Beamer, Yancey’s mother, said she was upset by the reversal.

“I wasn’t notified about it, and there is no excuse for why they didn’t notify me,” she said.

Neal was also charged in the shooting death of 15-year-old Tornelius Clifton in November 2001. Neal pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and received a nine-year sentence.

According to statements in court, Clifton was playing dice in front of a friend’s house on Epsom Road when a car drove by, and the occupants fired shots that struck Clifton in the back.

First-degree murder defendants Shakeem Barnes and Edward Hawkins are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.

Hawkins was indicted on first-degree murder in the Feb. 16, 2013, shooting deaths of Kenya Odessa Hodges and Michael Jerome Kearney.

Barnes was indicted on first degree-murder in the shooting death of 25-year-old La’Darrius Talley.

 

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