Bill Would Take Death Penalty off Table for Mentally Disabled

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Another criminal sentencing bill is making its way through the North Carolina General Assembly. The bill focuses on individuals with severe mental disabilities who plead guilty to or are convicted of first-degree murder. Having passed the House of Representatives earlier this month, the measure, House Bill 659, moved to a Senate committee earlier this week
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Durham Police Charge Leader and Members of Cult with Murder

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Durham police arrested the purported leader of a religious cult this week after finding the remains of a 5-year-old boy buried in the back yard of a house in East Durham. A day earlier, investigators had found a woman’s body there as well. The 27-year-old leader of the group has been charged with first-degree murder
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Judge Says Teen Suspects Should Be Charged As Adults

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A Wake County judge has found probably cause of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the cases against the teenage children of a man found murdered in his home in October. The 17-year-old daughter and 15-year-old son were originally charged as juveniles. Because they were under 18 at the time of the murder,
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Jury Reaches Verdict in Apex Murder Trial

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After almost five hours of deliberation, the jury in the Wake County trial came in with a guilty verdict for the teen charged with masterminding a plot to murder a high school acquaintance. We discussed the details of the crime in our September 17 post. The defendant was charged with four crimes: first-degree murder; conspiracy to commit
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