Fatal stabbing case declared capital

Dec. 02, 2013 @ 07:47 PM

OXFORD — Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against 43-year-old Davey Codell Allen.

Allen is charged with first-degree murder in the Oct. 5 stabbing death of 60-year-old Susie Ann Hester.

Allen appeared briefly in Granville County Superior Court Monday before Judge Robert Hobgood. There were no further motions or matters heard in the case on Monday, according to prosecutors.

The case was one of two declared capital cases on Monday, prosecutors said. The death penalty is also being sought in the shotgun homicide of a convenience store clerk, which happened 11 days before Hester’s death.

District Attorney Sam Currin said the case fits the criteria set by state statute for applying the death penalty. He said he could not comment further on the details of the pending case.

The incident drew police to 208 King St. in Oxford at about 3 a.m. that Saturday, according to a statement from the Oxford Police Department.

According to police, she died either late the previous night or earlier that morning.

According to Chief Al Coley’s statement on the incident, police made a wellness check, and when no one came to the door a family member was contacted to gain entry.

Inside, according to Coley, police found Hester had been stabbed to death. Hattie Mitchell, a caretaker for Hester, was also inside in a bed and unharmed.

According to court records, Allen has been convicted in a prior murder case. He accepted a plea deal of guilty on a count of voluntary manslaughter stemming from a March 20, 1993, incident. He agreed to serve a 15-year sentence.

He was freed in May 1999, however, under a state prison “fair felons” provision.

By late 2000, he was a defendant again, this time on two charges of armed robbery.

On April 12, 2001, he received a sentence of up to nine years in prison, serving until an Oct. 29, 2007, release to a 10-month minimum parole order.

Allen’s last reported place of incarceration was at the Dan River Work Farm.

Allen’s address included the 208 King St. location of the Hester stabbing death, according to current court case records.

He was noted as living there in 1989 when charged with assault with a deadly weapon and violating a parole that was imposed from a criminal sentence previous to his adult criminal record.

He is also listed as living at 921 Goshen St., Oxford, according to Oxford police reports.

According to state guidelines, Allen must receive a second attorney in addition to Boyd Sturges III, appointed for the defense of the capital case against him. A future date for pre-trial hearings was not available at press time.

Contact the writer at mfisher@hendersondispatch.com.