Second suspect gets life sentence for 2015 Wilmington murder

Cashaun Harvin (Source: District Attorney's Office)
Cashaun Harvin (Source: District Attorney's Office)
Updated: May. 8, 2018 at 4:58 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A Wilmington man who represented himself after firing five court-appointed attorneys was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday in New Hanover County Superior Court.

According to a news release from the District Attorney's Office, Cashaun Harvin, 21, was convicted by a jury of the 2015 murder of Robert Scott.

Since he was under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, Harvin will be eligible for parole after 25 years in prison, but must serve the remainder of the time for the following charges: attempted first degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

On Feb. 2, 2015, Harvin and Tyler Greenfield entered Scott's residence on Queen Street after arranging by phone to buy marijuana from Scott. Harvin and Greenfield demanded money and drugs from Scott and a gunfight ensued.

Harvin and Greenfield discharged their weapons 12 times, including the fatal shot on Scott. A woman at Scott's house who interrupted the robbery was also shot in the head. She was seriously injured, but testified at trial and identified Harvin as one of the shooters.

The events were captured on Scott's voicemail after Greenfield's phone inadvertently redialed Scott's phone.

"Mr. Harvin was given numerous opportunities over the three years this case was pending to accept responsibility for his conduct and receive a much lesser sentence than the one he received today," District Attorney Ben David said. "He also chose not to avail himself of the aid of an attorney and served as his own lawyer. Today's verdict is a reminder that the man who represents himself has a fool for a client."

In February 2017, Greenfield received a life sentence without the possibility of parole after being convicted of murder.

A third suspect, Kyon Sampson, pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice on Dec. 8, 2016, and was sentenced to 18 months probation.

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