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Teen arrested, accused of killing police officer

Officer Mitch Prince, killed in the line of duty Officer Mitch Prince, killed in the line of duty
Maness in court Tuesday Maness in court Tuesday
Darrell Maness, accused of killing a Boiling Spring Lakes Police Officer Darrell Maness, accused of killing a Boiling Spring Lakes Police Officer
Darrell E. Maness, convicted of killing a retired Burlington Police Lieutenant in 1987 Darrell E. Maness, convicted of killing a retired Burlington Police Lieutenant in 1987

JANUARY 18, 2005 -- Darrell Maness, just 19-years-old, showed little emotion Tuesday afternoon as he made his first court appearance for the murder of Boiling Spring Lakes Police Officer Mitch Prince.

In court, Judge Gary Locklear looked Maness in the eyes and expressed just how much trouble he could face.

"You're in a world of trouble young man," the judge said sternly.

Early Tuesday morning, Brunswick County officials says Officer Prince pulled Maness over for a traffic violation. Deputies say Maness knew he was already wanted on a probation violation for drug charges in Alamance County.

"The apparent motive was Maness didn't want to go to jail. Because of that, Officer Mitch Prince has lost his life," Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett said.

Hewett says during a struggle, Maness grabbed Prince's gun and shot him several times. He then fled to the Port Motel on Long Beach Road, near Oak Island. During that chase, Hewett says Maness shot at three other police officers.

He was finally arrested after authorities found him hiding under a mobile home. Witnesses say several shots were fired in the stand-off, before police smoked Maness out using tear gas.

District Attorney Rex Gore says Maness may ultimately pay his life for this crime.

"These folks struggle hard for very little pay for you and I. Sometimes we lose fact that they're just one bullet away, it's tough," Gore said.

Gore will decide at the end of the month whether to seek the death penalty.

On Tuesday, officials plan to transfer Maness to the state prison in Raleigh for his protection. It appears he will be joining his father there, who is in prison for killing a former police fficer.

Darrell E. Maness was convicted of killing retired Burlington Police Lieutenant Johnny Dupree in 1987. Dupree was working as a security officer at a mall.

Maness broke into the mall a day earlier and returned to get something out of a dumpster. That's when he was confronted by Dupree, who shot the officer repeatedly.

Maness is serving a life sentence in state prison. Now both father and son are behind bars. One is convicted of killing a former police officer. The other is just beginning a trip through the justice system that could end in the death penalty

Reported by Maggie Alexander

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