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Man exonerated by DNA after 30 years in prison to live in Bolivia

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videoOne of two men released from prison Wednesday after serving 30 years for a child murder they didn't commit will live with his family in Bolivia. Full story...
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Attorney: Mom of shooting victim did not threaten Vassey's wife

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The attorney for a Southport police officer charged with shooting and killing a schizophrenic teen says the boy's mother did not threaten the officer's wife after all. Full story...
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Attorney: Wife of officer charged with killing teen threatened by victim's mom

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The attorney for a Southport police officer accused of shooting and killing a schizophrenic teen earlier this year says the victim's mother threatened the officer's wife at the Brunswick County Courthouse. Full story...
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Payne to defend suspect in federal gang-related kidnapping of NC prosecutor's father

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Shallotte attorney James Payne has been appointed to represent one of the suspects in a high-profile federal case. Jakym Camel Tibbs is charged in connection with the kidnapping of Frank Janssen, 63, who was taken from his Wake Forest home April 5. Full story...
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Victim's family disappointed with verdict for girlfriend who killed boyfriend

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videoThe verdict and sentences are in for a Brunswick County murder case. While the jury did convict Julie Ann English of killing Michael Pate in Supply, it was on a lesser charge. The victim's family is disappointed by that. Full story...
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Charged officer's attorney tells more about BSL shooting

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videoThe attorney for a Southport police officer charged with killing a Boiling Spring Lakes teen is speaking out on his client's behalf. Det. Bryon Vassey's attorney James Payne says a body microphone on one of the other officers involved reveals what he believes really happened January 5. Full story...
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Shooting victim's family issues statement as they prepare for funeral

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video Boiling Spring Lakes is a small town getting big coverage. It's all because of the story of Keith Vidal. Sunday a Southport officer shot the 18-year-old. The officer's attorney says Vidal was trying to stab another officer with a screwdriver. Full story...
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Attorney: Shot teen was trying to stab police officer

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videoThe attorney representing a Southport Police officer who reportedly shot and killed a schizophrenic teen Sunday now says his client fired to protect another officer. But that story conflicts with what the officer himself said minutes after the shooting. Full story...
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How witness lists become hit lists

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videoDefense Attorney James Payne said it happens because the prosecution and defense must provide copies of their witness lists and defendants have a right to see them. Full story...
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Mistrial granted in 2005 Chadbourn triple homicide

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videoA man convicted of a 2005 triple murder in Chadbourn could be given a second trial after the North Carolina Court of Appeals overturned his conviction. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3 UPDATE: Hines still in jail and upset about $1 million bond

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video New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David says his office is using the full resources of law enforcement personnel to go after verified gang members, including Garry Hines. Full story...
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THE RANT: Local defense attorney strongly against Sen. Goolsby's death penalty bill

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The recent movement to repeal the Racial Justice Act (RJA) sends the message that racial discrimination is acceptable in the North Carolina justice system. Full story...
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Goolsby discusses bill to repeal Racial Justice Act

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videoSen. Thom Goolsby vowed to end the de facto moratorium on the death penalty in North Carolina. Goolsby said District Attorneys statewide have called on him to try to repeal the Racial Justice Act. His proposal would completely repeal the law. Full story...
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