DA Will Not Seek Death Penalty In Man Accused Of Murder

The district attorney says he will not seek the death penalty against a man charged with killing a student at an Elizabeth City College.

Christopher Amyx, 23, is charged with the murder of Jonathan Schipper of Havelock. Schipper was shot in a dorm at Mid-Atlantic Christian University October 3, 2010.

District Attorney Frank Parrish said he would consider the death penalty, but has decided against seeking it, according to the Daily Advance Newspaper.

Amyx worked as a part-time police officer in Pinetops in Edgecombe County.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 22, 2011 at 01:11 PM
    Not specifically, but at the time Amyx said he was being threatened by people. In the articles drugs used to treat mental problems were listed as belonging to Amyx, so there may not be a good reason.
  • by MACU Mom on Apr 12, 2011 at 02:47 PM
    My heart still breaks for both of these families.
  • by Just Me on Apr 12, 2011 at 11:06 AM
    Go figure...he's a cop!
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      by Jon on Apr 22, 2011 at 01:08 PM in reply to Just Me
      Amyx was a weekend cop for a one-stop-light town near Elizabeth City. He hardly represents all police. Apparently there were some mental problems (judging from the medicines that Amyx was taking).
  • by question on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:55 AM
    Is there anymore to this story?
  • by JEK Location: Greenville on Apr 12, 2011 at 08:05 AM
    I always thought they were innocent until proven guilty.
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      by Anonymous on Apr 12, 2011 at 10:50 AM in reply to JEK
      not when you admit to it
  • by JPH Location: Plymouth on Apr 12, 2011 at 05:25 AM
    Does anyone know WHY he killed him?
  • by porkchop Location: g'ville on Apr 12, 2011 at 04:18 AM
    Why not? He deserves it.
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