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Anthony Pierce charged with second-degree murder for Officer Matthews' death

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After two days of testimony and deliberation, a New Hanover County grand jury has indicted Anthony Pierce on murder charges in connection with the death of Wilmington police officer Rich Matthews. The charges are second-degree murder under the intent of malice. On top of felony charges of fleeing to elude arrest, Pierce was charged with possession and intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of a firearm. "We are very pleased to take this case forward, and if we have to fight to make precedent in this state, frankly we believe this is a fight worth having,” said District Attorney Ben David. Second-degree murder charges are now a reality for Anthony Pierce. It took the grand jury two days of hearing testimony and asking questions to reach this decision. "It's our job to present the facts, and we leave it to the grand jury to decide what the facts are, and anytime they can come up with a decision on that, we are pleased with that,” said Corporal Joseph Fitzgerald of the WPD. Second-degree murder charges under "implied malice" means the state will claim Pierce intentionally engaged in reckless behavior to put another life at risk. In this case, that life was officer Rich Matthews. The prosecutor’s theory is, if Anthony Pierce had stopped for the officers pursuing him, they wouldn't have needed to call for back up. A 25-page brief written by DA Ben David stated Matthews was traveling about 100 miles per hour when he crashed on his way to assist other officers. The brief outlines other important facts in the case, all which were compiled by officers like Corporal Fitzgerald who helped with the reconstruction of the accident. Pierce made his first appearance in court today since the new charges. His bond was set at $750,000. Judge Gessner appointed Walter Smith from the Public Defender's Office to represent Pierce in this case.

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after reading your posts

You do seem to live in a candy coated world. I would bet you are waiting at your mailbox looking for your bailout check.

point being, like it or not

point being, like it or not that's the way our justice system works and its one of the best in the world.

Once again

Point being, our justice system is broken. If you can charge a man for something that is not even remotely feasible, I would have to say our system is NOT one of the best in the world. Everyone has got some chip on their shoulder that everything we do in America is better than everywhere else. Not sure where that opinion came from. We have taken the greatest set of ground rules(Way better than the ten commandments), the bill of rights and constitution, and perverted it to the religious rights way of thinking. People, America was set up to be great, and we are a joke to the rest of the world now. All because we think that "good, moral religious people" should run our country. Guess what? Not working. In god we trust????? How about In Intelligence we trust

YOu are right, I would much

YOu are right, I would much rather have an eye for an eye justice steal, you lose a hand; you sexually assault someone, you lose your parts; you kill someone, you die yourself


Are you christian? If so, I bet you would like an eye for an eye justice system. Seeing as it says that in your bible

I am a Christian, but not a

I am a Christian, but not a very religious one. My eye for an eye feeling has nothing to do with my religious beliefs.

Then you are not

I mean come on. "I am a christian, but not a very religious one." That is like saying I am a member of the KKK, but not a very racist one. I love you moderates who think you can have it both ways. Either you are christian are you are not. If you are a christian, the bible is your holy book. If you are not a christian, then I would quit posing as one. "My eye for an eye feeling has nothing to do with my religious beliefs." Once again, if you are a christian, you are kind of bound by "gods law" to believe in an eye for an eye. You can't just pick and choose which rules you go by.

[b]I mean come on. "I am a

"I mean come on. "I am a christian, but not a very religious one." That is like saying I am a member of the KKK, but not a very racist one." You would have to be an idiot if you honestly believe what you just typed. I am a Christian, but I do not attent services regularly, I do drink in moderation, and I like all types of music. One doesn't have to be all or nothing.

With Religion

"One doesn't have to be all or nothing."- WilmMan With religion, yeah, you kind of do. Do you think your god went through all the trouble of making the bible so that you could pick and choose what parts were relevant. I guess Pierce and yourself are a lot alike. You pick and choose what religious rules suit you, he picks what laws suit him.

Sunday christian

It is like the "Sunday" christians. You know the type, do whatever they want all week and then try and make up for it on Sunday, Easter and Christmas. Gee... just like the catholic religion where you go tell some guy in a booth your sins, say 10 hail Marys and you are forgiven. Bahahaaaa Yeah that's gonna work. So much easier being an atheist with morals.

No you don't...and to think

No you don't...and to think so is idiotic. Why do you think there are so many different versions of the same religion? Because someone didn't completely agree with what another said or interpreted.

Why do you think?

Why do you think the bible copied other religions for its story of jesus? Same reason there are so many denominations of christianity. It is made up.

Although I don't agree with

Although I don't agree with you, I never said one way or the other about religion being made up. My comment reference an eye for an eye is my own personal belief and has nothing to do with my religious beliefs. I do not, like the other person said happens, go out and do whatever I want then come back on Sundays to confess my sins. I do my best to do what is right all the time

I'm dizzy

You are talking in circles. You say you are a christian in a few posts: "I am a Christian, but not a very religious one" - WilmMan "I am a Christian" - WilmMan You infer I must think in a less moral manner than you: "No wonder you think like you do...being an Atheist an all" - WilmMan Then, completely against previous comments you say: "I never said one way or the other about religion being made up" - WilmMan Saying your a christian says to me that you have stated you believe religion is not made up. So, yes, you have said one way or the other. I enjoy a good debate on theology as much as the next atheist, but please know where you stand on the matter first.

I probably should have said

I probably should have said something about you being an Athiest. With that said, I never once contradicted myself. My statment about me never saying anything about religion being made up does not translate into I think religion is made up. Some people don't believe in Religion and think it's made up, and that's their right. But because I am not debating that doesn't mean I think it's made up. Yes, I am a Christian. Do I feel as though I have to go to Church every Sunday and Wednesday, NO. Do I think I should have to give a certain percentage of my earnings to the Church like the Bible says so, NO. Do I think there is something wrong with listening to rock music, NO. That is why I say I don't follow the regligion religiously. I'm sure you can understand that

Go break a law in another

Go break a law in another country and see how flawed our system is then? How about having your hand cut off for petty theft? How about death? it happens.

Not in our life time

Not all presidents have been religious. You are correct that the BOR and the constitution have been perverted. "The founders of our nation were nearly all Infidels, and that of the presidents who had thus far been elected [Washington; Adams; Jefferson; Madison; Monroe; Adams; Jackson] not a one had professed a belief in Christianity...." Bird Wilson "The question before the human race is, whether the God of nature shall govern the world by his own laws, or whether priests and kings shall rule it by fictitious miracles?" -- John Adams, letter to Thomas Jefferson, June 20, 1815 You are not alone.


You are absolutely correct. I should have stated I meant in more recent history. "Religions are all alike - founded upon fables and mythologies." Thomas Jefferson

Even if our founding fathers

Even if our founding fathers were not quite as religious as some would believe, one thing they did have in common was that they felt that everyone had the right to practice whatever religion they chose (or not), not whatever the government regulated. I believe Christians are taught that one of God's greatest gifts is free will also. But all this is quite off the topic...

it is

Very off topic. I can only hope for the day when an atheist can run for president (any office for that matter) and is not stoned to death for his non belief.

keep that in mind

You keep that thought in mind when you are burning. Too late then to say sorry.

I'm shaking in my little Atheist boots

Honestly, the what if your wrong argument? When will you people learn. If I am wrong, I suffer for MY actions by, as you said, burning. If you are wrong, millions have died and suffered at the hands of the religious for a god that doesn't exist.

That is ok

I'm okay with my choice to believe in God. He obviously has a sense of humor since He created your simple mind.

I hear that

I am happy and sad for you. I am happy that you are young enough at heart to still listen to fairy tales, I am sad that you are an adult and believe them as fact. Just out of curiosity, do you still believe in Santa Claus? P.S. Doesn't your bible say we are created in his image? So, does that mean he has a simple mind?

Every Christmas

Yep, Santa comes by my house every Christmas for my child. You missed the little asterisk in the Bible that led to the footnote of "in His image except for you"


So now you are making up gods words. Might as well, it is all made up anyway

Wrong again

Sorry JRP, but you are wrong yet again. Bet you have heard that many times in your life. No made up words in my post, just plain English.

Prove it

"You missed the little asterisk in the Bible that led to the footnote of "in His image except for you"- guesty So, no made up words in your posts huh? Or do you have a different bible than everyone else? Shows your character.

Too be certain

Too be certain you are not that dense are you Mr. Public? Even Stevie Wonder could see that guesty was poking you.

I was hoping

I should have rowdy. I unfortunately thought I was dealing with mature adults, not infantile adolescents.