WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After almost nine years of waiting, the family of a murdered woman finally has answers.
Gladys Bryant was murdered in September 2002. Her husband was charged with her death, but the case never went to trial leaving Gladys’s family waiting for justice.
“It’s a little bit of closure, but it still hurts,” Gladys’s sister Helen Davis said. “We don’t feel like justice was really served, but we had to do what we had to do. And it just hurts. It just hurts. It’s been a bad day.”
After years of hearings, David Bryant accepted a plea deal Wednesday for the second degree murder of his wife Gladys. Since Gladys was killed Davis says her family has had a hard time.
“It’s been terrible,” she said. “You wake up some times thinking, ‘What’s going to happen today?’ I’m called to court, I come down here, and we get nowhere. So we had to go ahead and take a plea bargain to try and get somewhere.”
David Bryant’s case continually avoided trial because he was repeatedly deemed not competent. In a hearing last week, other issues were released that the district attorney’s office says made a plea bargain the best approach for the case.
“Three physicians testified about the fact that the defendant, in addition to suffering from prostate cancer, has also been diagnosed with vascular dementia,” Assistant District Attorney Lillian Salcines Bright said. “And though he might be competent now, that at any point in time, the vasuclar dementia could prevent him from being found competent and finishing out the trial.”
Davis says although her family does not think justice was served, they know Bryant will be serving some sentence for his crime.
“I’m not gonna say it gives us closure, but it let us know something. I know something now,” she said.
David Bryant will serve up to 16.5 years in prison.
Gladys Bryant’s domestic attorney says the plea deal means she can now move forward in distributing property to the rest of the family. She hopes this may help with their feelings of closure.