Michael Mead is on trial for his life in Mecklenburg County, for the murder of his pregnant fiance, Lucy Johnson. Mead alleges it was his girlfriend's jealous ex-boyfriend, Jim Spelock, who Johnson was in a heated custody battle with.
Superior Court Judge Forrest Bridges threw out two of the four charges at the close of the state's case, finding insufficient evidence to proceed on charges of Rape and Burglary. Charges of murder and arson were allowed to proceed.
Witness testimony showed that Mead and Johnson had consensual sex prior to her death. No evidence was presented to suggest a forcible rape.
The defense is presenting it's evidence today.