In Charlotte, 12 jurors have been selected in the Michael Mead case. Attorneys will resume Monday selecting the 3 alternates.
Assistant District Attorney Bill Stevens has taken over the state's case, along with Eddie Meaks, replacing Bob Forbes. Last week, Forbes asked for a continuance due to health issues. Judge Forrest Bridges denied that request.
Judge Bridges (pictured) gained notoriety last year in setting aside the death penalty in the case of Demetrius Montgomery, due to police officers intentionally destroying significant evidence. He is also a commissioner on the North Carolina Innocence Commission.
Mead is charged with first degree murder and rape of a pregnant woman in Gaston County. After the victim was killed, her home was set on fire. If convicted, Mead could face the death penalty.