Two North Carolina teen girls could face life in prison for murder
Two 16-year-old girls arrested in connection with a 2011 murder of a North Carolina yellow cab driver.
BY EHAB ZAHRIYEH / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS MARCH 26, 2012
HICKORY POLICE DEPARTMENT
16-year-old girls, Emily Starnes (L) and Consandra Tyree (R), were arrested on Saturday in connection with a 2011 murder of a North Carolina yellow cab driver.
Two teenage girls were arrested Saturday and charged in connection with a 2011 murder of a North Carolina yellow cab driver that could put them behind bars for the rest of their lives, ABC News reports.
Though Emily Starnes and Consandra Tyree are both only 16 years old, in North Carolina, that’s old enough to do the time.
“In North Carolina, for criminal court purposes, when you’re 16, you’re treated as an adult,” Hickory Police Department Capt. Thurman Whisnant told ABCNews.com. “The possibility exists of life in prison, but it’s still early to tell.”
In August 2011, cab driver Adam Williams responded to a call after working for a few hours that night. Soon after arriving at the designated location, Williams was stabbed to death and robbed of the $40 he had on him, WSOCTV.com reports.
Employees of a nearby steakhouse called an ambulance, and Williams, who was bleeding from lashes to his face and neck, was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, WSOCTV.com reports.
Three men were arrested days after the bloody murder, and now months later two more suspects join them in relation to the cabbie stabbing.
“We knew these two young ladies were involved from the get-go, but wanted to do a complete, thorough investigation,” Whisnant told ABCNews.com. “It was clear that they had involvement before, during and after the crime.”
The teens are scheduled to appear in court on May 14.