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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in delivery driver’s death

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Guilford County prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty in the slaying of a restaurant delivery driver last year.

Prosecutors said Monday they will seek a death sentence for 22-year-old Jeremy Carter of Greensboro, The News & Record of Greensboro reported.

Carter is accused of killing 30-year-old Bakri Khidir Mohamed Khidir last fall. Khidir was a Sudanese delivery driver for an Italian restaurant in Greensboro. He was sent out with a $30 order of chicken wings on the night of Oct. 11 and never returned.

Assistant District Attorney Stephen Cole said there is sufficient evidence that Carter killed Khidir in an armed robbery. Armed robbery is one of the crimes that can justify a death sentence under North Carolina law.

“The death penalty is what we want,” Khidir’s cousin, Abdelrahman Ali, told the newspaper. “We do want to take this case as slowly as possible so we can get more evidence from the sheriff’s office. The more evidence we get the more this case will go towards the death penalty.”

The restaurant owner called sheriff’s deputies after finding Khidir dead at the address where he was to make a delivery the night he was killed.

The paper reported that a 19-year-old female driver had planned to deliver the order, but Khidir insisted on taking it because he said the neighborhood wasn’t safe.

Cole said that deputies had obtained a search warrant for Carter’s property. He said they found a .22-caliber gun, consistent with what they believed was used to kill Khidir, inside Carter’s vehicle. Authorities arrested Carter on Oct. 12 on charges including murder and robbery.

Sabrina Bailey, Carter’s attorney, requested that a capital defender be appointed to the case.

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