Granite Falls woman accused in Hickory murder will not face death penalty

Summer Coleman – Picture courtesy of the Office of District Attorney David Learner

PRESS RELEASE

A Granite Falls woman will not face the death penalty for her involvement in a June 2015 murder.

Prosecutors for the State of North Carolina announced during Catawba County Superior Court on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, that they will not pursue capital punishment for 32-year-old Summer Michelle Coleman in connection with the June 1, 2015, shooting death of 46-year-old Lancelot Kenyatta Ellison at 38 8th Ave. Drive SE near N.C. 127 in Hickory.

She was indicted by a Catawba County Grand Jury on Aug. 7, 2017, but is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

Coleman is one of three defendants charged with murder in the death of Ellison. Tevin Jerome Davis, 25, of Statesville, and DeMarcus Kashaun Pollard, 26, of Hickory, also face murder charges. Neither of them is facing the death penalty. Both are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.

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