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No death penalty for man accused of killing police chief's daughter


CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) -- Prosecutors say they will not seek a death sentence for a man accused of killing the daughter of a North Carolina police chief.

Mecklenburg Assistant District Attorney Beth Greene said Thursday that 35-year-old Michael Neal Harvey will not face a death sentence if he is convicted of killing 23-year-old Valerie Hamilton. Greene would not elaborate.

The daughter of Concord Police Chief Merl Hamilton was found dead in a storage unit several days after she disappeared from a Charlotte bar in September.

An autopsy shows Valerie Hamilton died from a combination of heroin and cocaine.

Harvey has said he is innocent and said Hamilton overdosed in her sleep.

Harvey's attorney, Joe VonKallist, says he's not surprised by prosecutors' decision, saying the case has never appeared to be a capital murder case.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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