• 2nd man sentenced in UNC professor's 2014 beating death

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    CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - A second man has been sentenced to prison in the 2014 beating death of a University of North Carolina professor.

    [Man found guilty of murder in UNC professor's death]

    The Herald-Sun reports that 28-year-old Derick Davis II pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and robbery in Feng Liu's death and was sentenced Tuesday to serve up to 34 years.

    Davis' co-defendant, Troy Arrington, was found guilty of first-degree murder in 2017 and sentenced to life without parole.

    WTVD

    (Professor Feng Liu) 

    Authorities say Liu was hit in the head with a landscaping rock and robbed while on a walk near campus. He died the next day.

    The 59-year-old was a research professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. His research interests focused on gene and drug delivery in cancer treatment.

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