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Suspects in Marco Kauffman killing to face death penalty

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Khari Dewayne McClelland, Jalend Daquan Turner Khari Dewayne McClelland, Jalend Daquan Turner
SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) -

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for two men accused of killing Rowan volunteer firefighter Marcus Kauffman.

Jalend Daquan Turner, 19, and Khari Dewayne McClelland, 23, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kauffman, who was shot in the head during a robbery at his home December 2. 

District Attorney Brandy Cook made the announcement Friday morning.

McClelland was arrested in the Newton-Conover area a week after the shooting. Turner was arrested four days after the shooting.

Two other men, 18-year-old Tramel Devon Hart and 25-year-old Michael Dwayne Teasley, are charged with accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

Kauffman remained on life support for nearly three weeks after the shooting and died Dec. 20 at Carolinas Medical Center.

Kauffman, a 23-year-old newlywed, was returning home on December 2 with his wife Maryanne, who was pregnant, after visiting family. They noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near their home that appeared to be broken down.

Marcus dropped his wife off at a nearby friend's house and returned to offer assistance. When he returned, he discovered that the people at the car appeared to be removing items from his home.

Kauffman called 911 to report the incident, but during the conversation, told the dispatcher that shots were being fired before the call was lost.

He was found in his car with a gunshot wound to his head.

According to arrest warrants issued for McClelland, officials believe he stole the laptop computer, a desktop computer, an Xbox gaming system, and a firearm.

Since the shooting, family, friends and strangers have showed support for Kauffman, both on the "Praying for Marco" Facebook page, and in other ways.

Marcus Kauffman served on the Scotch Irish Volunteer Fire Department, and fellow firefighters have held fundraisers to benefit the Kauffman family.

 

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