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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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