WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A North Carolina man has rejected a plea deal in a murder case, meaning he could be sentenced to death if found guilty.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports authorities say 21-year-old Norman Kennard Carter Jr. of Rural Hall is charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 60-year-old Alphonso Singletary in September 2016.

Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill said Carter was prepared to plead guilty to first-degree murder and get a life sentence on Thursday, but rejected the deal.

Forsyth Superior Court Judge Angela Puckett granted a request by prosecutors to pursue the death penalty. Carter’s attorney, David Freedman, asked O’Neill and Assistant District Attorney Lizmar Bosques to not withdraw the plea offer until December. After consulting with Singletary’s family, O’Neill granted Freedman’s request.

Information from: Winston-Salem Journal,

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