Attorney will seek death penalty for suspect in Highway Patrol trooper shooting

November 7, 2018

Trooper Kevin Conner was killed while serving in Columbus County on Oct. 17, 2018.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing state Highway Patrol Trooper Kevin Conner last month.

District Attorney Jon David made the announcement after the suspect, Chauncy Askew, was indicted by a grand jury on first-degree murder.

Another defendant, Raheem Davis, has a January court date.

Authorities said Conner stopped a white GMC pickup that was speeding on U.S. Highway 701 south of Whiteville. The truck pulled over near the intersection with Sellers Town Road, and when Conner approached the vehicle, someone inside fired multiple shots.

Conner was shot at least twice – once in the face and once in the torso – and the shooting was captured on the dashboard camera in his patrol car and on a security camera at a nearby convenience store.

He was an 11-year veteran of the Highway Patrol and the father of two children.

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