After nearly two weeks of testimony and a day of legal arguments, lawyers are scheduled to make closing arguments today in the trial of a former Southport police officer charged with killing a mentally ill teen more than two years ago.
A Wilmington man accused of murder took a plea deal at the last minute.
A trial was supposed to start this afternoon for Garry Orlando Hines, 20. But before the jury even came in Hines pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in the death of Cornelius Blanks, 20.
A Wilmington man charged with murder in a fatal 2011 shooting, pleaded guilty to a lesser charge last week.
Eric Bryant, 36, pleaded guilty Thursday to manslaughter in the killing of Harold Davis II on May 1, 2011 on Truesdale Road.