The Durham County District Attorney’s Office does not plan to pursue the death penalty against the man charged with killing UNC-Chapel Hill student Faith Hedgepeth.
A notice signed by District Attorney Satana Deberry was filed in Superior Court on Tuesday declaring the case against Miguel Enrique Salguero-Olivares non-capital, meaning prosecutors will not seek the death penalty.
The notice isn’t necessarily surprising. Deberry was elected on a platform of criminal justice reform, which included opposition to the death penalty. The News & Observer has reached out to Deberry’s office asking to speak with the district attorney.
Salguero-Olivares, 28, of Durham was charged with first-degree murder on Sept. 16, about nine years after Hedgepeth, 19, was found dead in a friend’s apartment in September 2012. The apartment was in the town of Chapel Hill but in Durham County, which means it will be prosecuted in that county.
Salguero-Olivares remains in jail on no bail. He is scheduled to return to court next month, according to court documents.
Police have not said when Salguero-Olivares became a suspect, how or whether he knew Hedgepeth, or what motive he may have had to kill her.
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This story was originally published September 28, 2021 12:44 PM.