Teen charged in killing of NC trooper now accused of stabbing inmate

Teen charged in killing of NC trooper now accused of stabbing inmate
Chauncy Askew (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WMBF) – A teen charged in the shooting death of a North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper will face charges after allegedly stabbing a fellow inmate in Robeson County, according to the sheriff.

Robeson County Sheriff Burnis Wilkins confirmed that 19-year-old Chauncy Askew is accused of stabbing the inmate Wednesday night at the Robeson County Detention Center. Investigators reportedly found a large plastic comb that had been filed down to a sharp point in the suspect’s cell bedding.

Wilkins said the other inmate, who is from Lumberton, was taken to an area hospital for treatment. He added the victim received five stitches for a stab wound.

Askew is now being housed in an undisclosed facility in North Carolina. Initial information provided by law enforcement stated he’d been taken to Central Prison in Raleigh. A press release from the Columbus County, NC Sheriff’s Office, however, indicated the prisoner couldn’t be held at Central Prison due to his not meeting their age requirement.

In October, Askew was the second suspect arrested in connection with the killing of Trooper Kevin Conner during a traffic stop. He is charged with first-degree murder and the state is seeking the death penalty against him.

Raheem Davis was also initially charged with first-degree murder. That charge was later dropped and he now faces one count of accessory after the fact to first-degree murder, according to WMBF’s sister station WECT.

Trooper Kevin Conner (Source: NC Highway Patrol)
Trooper Kevin Conner (Source: NC Highway Patrol) (NCHSP)

Wilkins said the Robeson County cell Askew was occupying is having to be cleaned because the inmate put up graffiti relating to the death of police officers.

“’Officer down’ is one of his drawings up there,” Wilkins said.

The sheriff added there was also a drawing of an officer with a chain around his neck, and gang language.

Investigators are continuing to investigate the Robeson County stabbing and charges against Askew are forthcoming, according to Wilkins.

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