North Carolina university shooting suspect pleads guilty, avoiding a possible death sentence

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A man accused of killing two students and injuring four by opening fire at a North Carolina university class earlier this year and pleaded guilty to two first degree murder charges on Thursday.

Trystan, Andrew Terrell also pleaded guilty to four counts of attempted murder and discharge of a firearm on educational property, in connection with the April 30 shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. The hearing was originally supposed to decide whether or not Terrell could be sentenced to death.

The plaintiffs believe, Terrell, a former student at the school, spent months planning the attack. Authorities say he opened fire with a legally purchased gun on the last day of spring semester classes. It was not clear whether a specific student was targeted.


Trystan, Andrew Terrell is in the Mecklenburg County Court on Thursday. (John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer via AP)

Terrell had signed up for the course, but it will close in January.

The shoot didn’t go on for as long as it can, as a student, Riley, Howell, dealt with Terrell, who gave the responding officers enough time to catch him, authorities said.

Howell, 21, of Waynesville, and Reid, Parlier, 19, of Midland, were shot multiple times and died.

Who had been injured in Sean Dehart and Drew Pescaro, both of Apex; and Emily Houpt, of Charlotte; and Own Alramadhan of Saihat, kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In the district court, the family members of the victims read a statement.

“We will never forgive him for his actions,” Parlier’s mother, Julie, said of the accused man. “If the defendant wanted to kill someone, he has to get the gun on himself.”

“May you rot in hell, suffering, and torture,” she added.

Terrell excused himself as he was being given an opportunity to talk to them.

“I’m so sorry to everyone else,” he said. “If I could go back in time to go to class, I would have to go back. I have made a mistake.”

People will wipe away the tears, as they listen as well as Trystan, Andrew Terrell was sentenced by the court. (John D. Simmons/The Charlotte Observer via AP)


Spencer Merriweather III, and Mecklenburg County’s district attorney, said the plea was the right choice, and you will save money for families with children, it is the fear of having to endure a death penalty trial.

Pescaro, who was injured in the attack, it was not.

In a statement to WCCB-TV, ” he said Terrell “was aware that he wanted to live in the prison with the planning of this act of violence, and the DA’s office, it is worth the effort to get him exactly what he wanted,”

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