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Prosecutors to seek death penalty against couple accused of kidnapping girl, killing her grandparents

Cooper (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office) Cooper (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Curtis Atkinson, Jr. (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office) Curtis Atkinson, Jr. (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Arieyana Forney (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police) Arieyana Forney (Source: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against a man and his girlfriend accused of killing the man's parents and then kidnapping his niece. 

Curtis Atkinson Jr., 36, was charged with the murder of his parents, 63-year-old Curtis Atkinson Sr. and 62-year-old Ruby Atkinson and kidnapping Atkinsons' granddaughter, 11-year-old Arieyana Forney, who was later located in D.C. 

Curtis Atkinson Jr.'s girlfriend, Nikkia Cooper, was also charged with murder in the double-homicide that sparked the AMBER Alert for Forney. 

Thursday morning, prosecutors indicated they will seek the death penalty against Curtis Atkinson Jr. and Cooper, court officials say. 

Police were initially called to a home on Glenncannon Drive in east Charlotte at 11:05 a.m. April 2 to assist the Charlotte Fire Department. Police say there was an attempted arson at the crime scene.

Officials do not know why Curtis Atkinson Jr. took Arieyana up to D.C., and have not yet released a motive for the homicides.

Police say Cooper called police from Washington, D.C. 

Washington, D.C. Metro Police found Forney inside a white Chevrolet Impala.

Anyone with additional information about the current investigation is asked to call detectives at 704-432-TIPS.

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