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State to seek death penalty against man accused of kidnapping wife, killing her parents

Vurnel Smith Jr., 40 (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office) Vurnel Smith Jr., 40 (Source: Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)
Jacquline Gordon-White and Rufus Gordon (Credit: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police) Jacquline Gordon-White and Rufus Gordon (Credit: Charlotte-Mecklenburg police)
CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Prosecutors say they are planning to seek the death penalty against a man accused of killing his wife's parents and kidnapping his wife.

Vurnel Smith Jr., 40, is charged with two counts of murder in the July deaths of 65-year-old Jacquline Gordon-White and 69-year-old Rufus Gordon.

According to police, the killings happened in late July. Gordon-White's body was found inside her north Charlotte home. The body of Rufus Gordon was later found hidden in the truck of a car at a Charlotte hospital.

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Investigators say Smith's wife drove the car to the hospital after escaping from the home where she says she was held captive for several days. She was reportedly unaware that her father's body was in the trunk.

Police searched for Smith, who turned himself in several days later.

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He is facing charges of murder, kidnapping, first-degree forcible rape, assault on a female and larceny of a motor vehicle.

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