BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County jury convicted Craig Bryant of first degree murder today. The group of 12 deliberated late thursday and all day friday before reaching a verdict this morning.
After weeks of testimony, the jury said it had enough proof that Bryant murdered Shallotte real estate agent Adam Bradshaw in 2008. The judge sentenced him to life in prison without the chance of parole. His attorney says he plans to appeal.
The defense argued that bradshaw was a drug dealer who had many enemies. Ultimately, though, the jury did not buy that theory.
Prosecutors said Bryant had his girlfriend Lora Moultrie lure Bradshaw to an abandoned house off Watt Road and then shot him from inside the house.
Moultrie testified against bryant two weeks ago. She said Bryant told her he was going to kill Bradshaw in order to gain ownership of land that belonged to his family before Bradshaw sold it.
The jurors heard from a number of people throughout the case, including Moultrie, but Bryant did not take the stand.
Moultrie pleaded guilty to second degree murder last year because of the part she played in getting Bradshaw to her home on Watt Road. Moultrie was sentenced today to between 10 and 13 years in prison for her involvement in the murder.
Bradshaw’s family testified during a hearing for Moultrie. They said her testimony helped prove Bryant’s guilt.