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Death penalty sought in murder

By Shavonne Potts

Salisbury Post

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty in a case against a Landis woman and a Biscoe man who were charged three months ago in the beating death of a Kannapolis nightclub owner.

Mandy Latasha Clontz, 24, and Nicholas Jermaine Steele, a man described as her boyfriend, are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Jeffery Allen Wills, 37.

During Monday’s hearing, Rowan District Attorney Bill Kenerly told Superior Court Judge John L. Holshouser Jr. that the case was a capital one, which was determined at previous hearing.

Capital offenses are punishable by death.

A third man is charged with helping the two hide the body. Travis Lee Chriscoe, 28, of Seagrove, is charged with accessory after the fact.

According to investigators, money was the apparent motive for the murder.

Clontz is represented by Charlotte Attorney Mann VonKallist and Durham Attorney Robert Trenkle.

Chriscoe is represented by Salisbury Attorney Carlyle Sherrill.

For further details, see Tuesday’s Salisbury Post.

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