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Judge Sentences 3 To Life Without Parole – Brevard, NC


December 12, 2019

On Tuesday evening, a Transylvania County jury found Connell Dixon Hawkins, 30, of Hendersonville, Chadley Tyrone Norris, 36, of Brevard, and James Alexander Ray, 23, of Wilmington, guilty of first-degree murder in perpetration of robbery with a dangerous weapon and robbery with a dangerous weapon in connection with the stabbing death of 18-year-old Saul Ayala on July 20, 2017, in Brevard.

Judge Gary Gavenus sentenced the three men to life sentences without the possibility of parole. The verdict came after a full day of deliberations on Tuesday and after the nearly month- long trial began...

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