North Carolina woman slated for sentencing skips hearing

MORGANTON, N.C. (AP) — Arrest warrants have been issued for a woman who skipped out on a sentencing hearing for her alleged involvement in a 2016 double murder, a sheriff's office said.

Brandy Nicole Davis, 35, along with three others, was charged in 2016 with two counts of murder in the deaths of Albert Austin and Spencer Murray, who were found dead inside a burnt-out vehicle in Morganton, news outlets reported.

According to officials, Davis was scheduled for sentencing in Superior Court on Wednesday, but she never appeared. The sheriff's office said Davis is now charged with two counts of felony accessory after the fact and failure to appear.

Both Davis and Icey Chennel Gooden initially denied involvement in the crimes, but later agreed to speak to authorities.

Gooden is serving a minimum 25-year sentence for her guilty plea to two counts of second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree kidnapping and two counts of armed robbery with a dangerous weapon in the killings.

Two others are awaiting trial.