Saturday, January 15, 2011

James Richardson Trial to Stay in Pitt County

Yesterday, Judge Duke in Pitt County ruled that the James Richardson capital murder trial will remain in Pitt County. The case involves a shooting in downtown Greenville, NC of ECU Students.

Lawyers for Mr. Richardson had argued for a change of venue, citing a survey showing 82% of persons in Pitt County were familiar with the case, the extensive press coverage, inflammatory statements made by police to the press, and the testimony of local figures that they believed Mr. Richardson could not get a fair trial in Pitt County--including ECU professors and a retired police officer on the Crime Task Force.

The case is set for trial on March 14, 2011.

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