LAURINBURG — The Scotland County District Attorney’s Office has signed a plea agreement with Carlton Primus in the 2009 killing of 31-year-old Chris McKoy, but a second man remains charged with first-degree murder and charges against a third man have been dropped.
Quatrell Nicholson, 22, of Laurinburg is charged with first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to court records. A trial date for Nicholson has not yet been set.
A third man, 34-year-old Patrick Murphy, was initially implicated in the murder and charged with first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, according to court records — but District Attorney Kristy Newton said information given by a witness incriminating Murphy in McKoy’s killing proved to be false under investigation, and those charges were dismissed last year due to insufficient evidence.
Originally scheduled for trial in February for a charge of first-degree murder, Primus, of Laurinburg, pleaded guilty to second-degree murder. As part of the arrangement, the 24-year-old also pleaded guilty to robbery with a dangerous weapon.
Primus was sentenced to 15 to 19 years of imprisonment with credit for 3 years of pre-trial confinement.
McKoy’s body was found on Rockingham Road near Laurel Hill on Sept. 6, 2009, having suffered seven bullet wounds to the head, neck, abdomen, hands, left arm and leg.