Man convicted of killing 2 in Asheville gets new hearing

ASHEVILLE (AP) — A man sentenced to die for killing two people in Asheville in 1996 is getting a new sentencing hearing.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported ( that Buncombe County District Attorney Todd Williams agreed that 38-year-old Phillip Antwan Davis deserves a new sentencing hearing.

That hearing to determine whether Davis will remain on death row or be sentenced to life in prison will begin Nov. 14.

Davis pleaded guilty to two counts of first degree murder in the death of a cousin and her mother. The resentencing comes because of questions about the jury that returned the death sentence.

The only black person called for jury duty was removed by prosecutors.

A defense attorney says the potential juror was removed because she was black, a violation of constitutional protections.

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