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Nation IN BRIEF : NORTH CAROLINA

Death Penalty for Drunk Driver Sought

May 04, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

For the first time, prosecutors in North Carolina are seeking the death sentence for a person convicted in a drunk driving case. Thomas Richard Jones was convicted of murder in the Sept. 4 deaths of Wake Forest University students Maia Witzl, 19, of Arlington, Texas, and Julie Hansen, 19, of Rockville, Md. Four other students were injured in the crash. Under state law, a person who kills another while committing a separate dangerous felony can be prosecuted for first-degree murder, whether the death was intentional or not.

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