CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A teenager who is accused of shooting a 40-year-old man and then setting his home on fire as a cover-up will not face the death penalty.
Prosecutors announced Tuesday that they will not pursue capital punishment against 16-year-old Lennon Riley Henderson who was charged with murder in the deadly shooting of Harry Lewis Bruner Jr.
Bruner was found dead in a burned home on U.S. 321 in Newton around 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 5, authorities said. The Catawba County Sheriff's Office upgraded the case to a homicide investigation when it was determined Bruner had died from a gunshot wound and not the fire.
The sheriff's office said Henderson was attempting to rob Bruner.
The district attorney released this statement Tuesday: