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Sentencing of brothers in 2007 killing at motel, other top cases in court Thursday

Peter Gould is accused of being the mastermind of a plot to rob David Doyle because he bragged of stashing gold in his home. Gould and two others now face murder charges. All three are scheduled to be in court Thursday.
Peter Gould is accused of being the mastermind of a plot to rob David Doyle because he bragged of stashing gold in his home. Gould and two others now face murder charges. All three are scheduled to be in court Thursday. Mecklenburg jail

Two brothers will be sentenced Thursday in the 2007 killing of a Charlotte woman at a North Tryon Street motel.

Antonio and Joshua Chaney were teenagers when Anita Jean Rychlik, the wife of a security guard at the Thrift Motel, was beaten then shot in the back of her neck during an abduction and attempted robbery at the motel.

Four years later, DNA evidence linked the brothers and Bobby Johnson to her death.

In October, Johnson, 41, was found guilty of the killing and sentenced to life in prison without parole. The Chaneys, who pleaded guilty and cooperated with prosecutors, will be sentenced Thursday morning for their roles in the crime.

The Chaneys are among dozens of defendants scheduled for “Homicide Day,” a monthly court session set aside for motions, pleas and other procedural steps for the scores of murder cases moving through the Mecklenburg courts.

Among the cases to be heard:

▪ The accused killers in the “America’s Next Top Model” killings are scheduled to enter pleas Thursday morning.

Emmanuel Rangel, Emily Isaacs, Edward Sanchez and David Lopez are accused of first-degree murder and other charges in the slaying of four people last February. Three of the deaths have been linked to a dispute over drugs. One of the victims, 19-year-old Mirjana Puhar, was a former contestant on the TV reality show “America’s Next Top Model.”

The case has also drawn fire from Capitol Hill because Rangel received protective immigration status two years ago despite being on a federal database of suspected gang members.

▪ Two men face murder charges in year-old killings of their parents. James Golphin is accused of the December 2014 shooting death of his father, Willie Golphin.

William Yongue, a practicing Virginia attorney, is charged with shooting his 88-year-old mother just before Christmas. He is scheduled to enter a plea Thursday afternoon.

The docket also includes the scheduled appearance of Shirley Takeisha Martin, 22, who is accused of killing her boyfriend in August.

▪ The three men charged in the torture and murder of David Doyle are scheduled to make preliminary appearances.

Daniel Blakney, Tardra Bouknight and Peter Gould all face first-degree murder charges in connection with the Doyle’s death in July at his home near Lake Wylie. Gould’s attorney says the trio robbed Doyle because he often bragged of stashing gold in his home in anticipation of the crash of the U.S. economy.

Homicide day opens at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in Courtroom 5350 in the Mecklenburg Courthouse.

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