Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Update on Capital Murder Trials

In Jury Selection:
James Richardson, Pitt County. Richardson is charged in a drive-by shooting outside a Greenville nightclub. The litigants have seated 12 jurors and are in the process of choosing alternates. Openings could happen this week. Press here.

In Guilt:

Al Bellamy, Iredell County: Bellamy is charged with shooting two people in Statesville. Monday, the parties opened and the State has begun putting on its evidence. One of the first witnesses, a law enforcement officer, gave testimony about one of the victim's dying declaration that it was "Scoot Rock" (not Bellamy) who killed him. The scene of the shooting was described by many witnesses as chaotic. Press here.

In Sentencing:

Tony Summers, Guilford County: Jurors returned a verdict of guilty in Summers case on Monday, for the rape and murder of a Greensboro woman, in the presence of her children. It appears from press reporting that the jury has begun hearing the sentencing phase evidence, which may rely, in part, on evidence of Mr. Summers brain damage.

No word on the cases of De'ante Harris in Robeson County and Danny Thomas in Columbus County.

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