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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.

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2015 years 10 months ago

This case looks a lot like this one.. Will they charge him

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • The death investigation of the 27-year-old woman found lifeless in the bedroom of former Anheuser-Busch chief executive August Busch IV shifted to prosecutors on Wednesday, after authorities announced she had died from an accidental oxycodone overdose.


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