Death penalty sought for men accused of killing volunteer firefighter



ROWAN COUNTY, N.C. - Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for two men accused of killing volunteer firefighter Marco Kauffman.

Kauffman, 25, was shot in the head on Dec. 2 after he and his pregnant wife were returning home from a Thanksgiving trip when deputies say two men broke into their home.

Kauffman had been in the hospital fighting for his life since he interrupted a burglary at his home in Rowan County.  He died on Dec. 20.

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Khari McCleland, 23, is accused of shooting Kauffman in the head. Deputies eventually arrested four men in the case.

The charges against McClelland and Jaylend Daquan, 19, have been upgraded to first-degree murder, deputies said.

Kauffman's wife, Maryanne Kauffman, gave birth to Marcus Landon Trace Kauffman on Valentine's Day.

Read our past coverage:

Investigators: Suspect shot volunteer firefighter in head during robbery

Rowan Co. volunteer firefighter shot in head dies

Fund set up to help Rowan Co. volunteer firefighter's wife, baby

Marco Kauffman's widow gives birth to baby boy