WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) – District Attorney Jon David announced Wednesday his office intends to seek the death penalty for James Edward McKamey, 51, who is accused of stabbing one woman to death and another nearly 20 times.
David, along with Whiteville Police Chief Jeff Rosier, Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher and SBI agent Mac Warner held a news conference Wednesday to talk about McKamey’s case.
David said a grand jury indicted McKamey on charges of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon for the stabbing death of 65-year-old Carol Greer, a retired teacher who had taught music at Whiteville Primary School, as well as attempted murder and assault charges related to the stabbing of Reshonta Love.
According to police, McKamey stabbed Love numerous times in the arms, head and chest in the 300 block of West Nance Street on Aug. 29. Authorities were called to Greer’s residence on Smyrna Drive the next day, where they found her dead with multiple stab wounds near a shed behind her home, approximately 100 yards from the location Love was assaulted.
“These were two separate, but related incidents that happened mere minutes apart,” David explained. “Mrs. Greer’s killing was really a crime of opportunity that was transactionally connected to the savage assault of Ms. Love.”
McKamey, along with his wife were taken into custody on Sept. 1 in Brunswick County in Greer’s vehicle, which had been taken from her home. McKamey’s wife was released without charges.
David said he has filed paperwork with the court expressing his intent to certify this “vicious killing” as a death penalty case, but a hearing will be held to make an official ruling.
In reference to comments that Greer was “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” David said he disagreed.
“She was in her driveway in the middle of the day. Who could possibly say that was in the wrong place at the wrong time?” David questioned. “After all, we’re dealing with a woman who was in her golden years. She was at a time and place in her life when she should feel most secure. And the fact this incident happened reminds us that evil does exist in the world.”