After 5 1/2 hours of deliberation, the jury in the Stepp case was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. Under NC law, this automatically results in the imposition of a sentence of life without possibility of parole.
No reports yet of what the split was.
Will the State finally stop seeking death in Wake County? First, Samuel Cooper, convicted of a spree of execution style murders, and now Joshua Stepp, convicted of sex assault and murder of a 10 month old, both ending in life sentences. Save us some money, Colin Willoughby, the jig is up.