In Catawba County, the jury in Edwardo Wong's case is hopelessly deadlocked. Mr. Wong was convicted of the 1st degree murder of a State Highway Patrol office. The jury was deadlocked 6-6 on sentencing after deliberating for over a week. The State never offered Mr. Wong a plea and moved forward for death at the victim's widow's request. After over 8 weeks of trial testimony and 100s of thousands of dollars of money, the judge issued a sentence of life without the possibility of parole.
In McDowell County, a jury sentenced Stephen Bucker to death for a triple homicide, after less than three days of deliberation. Jury selection in that case began in mid-September. Buckner was convicted of killing his live-in girlfriend, his daughter, and a 14 year-old child who also lived in the home. The jury returned a death sentence on two of the counts, and life on one.