JANUARY 31, 2005 -- Prosecutors in Brunswick County announced in court Monday they plan to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing a local police officer.
19-year-old Darrell Maness of Burlington is accused of killing Boiling Spring Lakes Officer Mitch Prince.
Officer Prince stopped Maness on a traffic violation January 18th. Investigators say Maness was worried Prince would find out he was wanted for a parole violation on drug charges. The two scuffled and detectives say Maness grabbed Prince's gun and shot him.
They say Maness then fled the scene and was involved in a shootout with police near the Port Motel in Oak Island.
Maness is charged with first-degree murder. He will return to a state prison in Butner where he'll remain without bond. His next court date is in March.