Man pleads guilty for Christmas Eve murder

Nicholas Brown (Courtesy: New Hanover County Jail)
Nicholas Brown (Courtesy: New Hanover County Jail)

Reported by Lynda Figueredo - bio|email
Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Monday, Nicholas Brown plead guilty to second degree murder just hours after opening statements began.

Brown plead guilty to the second degree murder of 23-year-old Duane Davis on Christmas Eve in 2006.

He was also found guilty of firing into an occupied vehicle and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Brown will face a maximum sentence of 30 years behind bars, and a minimum of 25 years.

Jury selection for the trial was complete last week, after the selection process hit some bumps in the road.

Tuesday, Brown's fiance held a sign in front of the jurors that read "Free Nicholas Brown. Free my daddy."  Superior court judge Jay Hockenbury banned Brown's fiance from the trial.

Some jurors testified that they saw more of Brown's friends and family following them to lunch.

According to police, Dec. 24, 2006, four men drove up behind Duane Davis on South 14th Street and shot him in the head through the back window of his car.  Davis died in the hospital five days later.

Darryl Scott, Gregory Lincoln, and Donnell Allen are also charged with first degree murder in connection to the incident.

Authorities say one of the four men had a long-standing feud with the victim.

©2009 WECT. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.