Khari Dewayne McClelland Pleaded Guilty Monday to the 2013 Murder of Rowan Firefighter Marcus “Marco” Kauffman

Posted on July 12, 2016

RFP Staff

♦ Khari Dewayne McClelland, 26, pleaded guilty Rowan County Superior Court to avoid the death sentence for the senseless 2013 murder of Rowan Firefighter Marcus “Marco” Kauffman. McClelland was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole with added time for other offenses.

Khari Dewayne McClelland:

Marcus “Marco” Kauffman, on the morning of December 2nd, 2013, with his pregnant wife Maryann returned to their Chenault Road home after breakfast with Marco’s parents when they spotted what appeared to be a vehicle in distress near their home. With the intention of returning to help the driver, the couple drove to a nearby friend’s house to drop off Maryann and their dog.

Maryann and the late Marcus “Marco” Kauffman:

When Marco returned to assist what he believed to be a driver in distress, he drove up on burglary in progress at his home. After Marco saw what was unfolding, he attempted to drive away and was shot in the back of the head with a pistol stolen from his home. His car crashed into a nearby tree. Several weeks later “Marco” was tragically removed from life supports.

During the burglary Kauffman’s handgun and laptop were stolen. The laptop became the alleged killers undoing when it was traced to Michael Teasley’s home in Statesville. Soon Jaylend Turner,
McClellan’s brother Tramel Hart, Khari Dewayne McClelland, and Michael Teasley were charged with the alleged crimes at the Kauffman home. Jaylend Turner faces first degree murder charges. His case is pending. Hart and Teasley are charged with accessory after the fact of a first degree murder.

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