Family wants death penalty as police untangle fatal shooting in Chapel Hill

CorrespondentJune 2, 2014 

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Defense attorney Matt Suczynski, left, and murder defendant Bartholomew Romidas Scott, 35, listen to charges by Orange-Chatham DA Jim Woodall during a first appearance Monday, June 2, 2014 in Orange District Court, Hillsborough.

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— The family of a Chapel Hill man shot and killed Friday said his killer deserves to die, even as police continue trying to piece together what exactly happened.

Police found Lew Hahn “Ron” Hood, 33, dead of multiple gunshot wounds outside of 102 S. Christopher Road in Chapel Hill after they responded to a 911 call about a shooting.

On Friday afternoon, police charged Bartholomew Romidas Scott, 35, of Durham with first-degree murder.

Scott made his first-appearance in Orange County District Court Monday afternoon, and his attorney, Matt Suczynski, said it was Scott who called 911 to summon police to the scene.

After the hearing, District Attorney Jim Woodall said he still had very little information about what happened Friday but said, “at this point,” police think Scott fired the shots that killed Hood.

Police are still trying to untangle the details and to determine if anyone else was involved, Woodall said.

A joyful person

Hood was a joyful person, loved to play and laugh and was a Tar Heel fan, his sister Evelyn Poole said.

He moved to Chapel Hill when his brother, Errol Hood, played football for UNC in the late 1990s and early 2000s.

“He just loved it down here,” Poole said. “He just decided he wanted to keep Chapel Hill as his home.”

Hood’s mother, Mary Frances Smith of Taylorsville, said her son’s killer should die for what he did.

“I don’t want him in jail or prison,” she said before Monday’s court session. “I want the death penalty.”

Hearing scheduled

After police took Scott to the Police Department on Friday, Suczynski told District Court Judge Lunsford Long, they would not let him upstairs to see Scott.

When Scott asked if he was free to go, the police said he was, Suczynski said.

“He said, ‘I’m going to go,’ and they said, “Are you sure that’s what you want to do?’” Suczynski said later. “And then they immediately placed him under arrest.”

Suczynski asked that the judge set bail, but instead the judge scheduled a June 12 probable cause hearing to determine if police have enough evidence to hold Scott on the murder charge.

Velliquette: bavelliquette@newsobserver.com

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