WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jury selection for a 2011 Wilmington murder trial was slow moving today as whispers around the courtroom suggested the defendant might accept a plea deal.
Jury selection for Garry Orlando Hines, 20, was set to begin at 9 a.m., but potential jurors didn’t enter the courtroom until a little after 2 p.m.
Cornelius Blanks, 20, was shot and killed during an early-morning fight in May 2011 outside Club 609 at Market St. and Kerr Ave. in Wilmington. Investigators say Hines pulled the trigger.
Talks of a plea deal circled around the courthouse Wednesday, but no one could confirm whether Hines was offered a deal or what that deal may have been. Hines’s family said they did not know of any plea deal.
After jury selection is completed, the trial begins with opening statements.
Hines also faces several heroin-related charges in an unrelated case.