Defendant Sentenced for One Crime Awaits Trial for Another

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After more than seven days of testimony, a jury deliberated for a few hours before coming back with a guilty verdict in a high-profile North Carolina murder case. The defendant will spend the rest of his life in prison for his part in the death of a Chapel Hill student. He was convicted of first-degree
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Racial Bias Law and Controversy Around It Survive Repeal Effort

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With a stroke of her pen this morning, North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue preserved the state’s Racial Justice Law — for the moment. The governor’s veto of Senate Bill 9 allows the petitions of 154 death row inmates to proceed. The bill would have significantly changed the law by eliminating the admissibility of statistical evidence
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North Carolina Judge Reprimands Prosecutor in Murder Case

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A North Carolina judge has issued an order dismissing a murder case and accusing the prosecuting attorney of violating the rights of the suspect. The defendant was charged with the one count of murder after police allegedly arrested him while trying to dispose of bones they say belonged to a suspected murder victim. The man’s
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Prosecutors May Seek Death Penalty in Fayetteville Killing

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Almost two years ago, searchers pulled a child’s body from a thicket of kudzu along the side of a rural North Carolina highway. Investigators quickly identified the remains: The child was a 5-year-old girl who had disappeared a week earlier. Within days, authorities charged the girl’s mother and a 29-year-old man with murder. A Superior Court
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