12 jurors seated, 3 alternates still needed in death penalty case

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After seven long weeks of jury selection, 12 jurors have finally been seated in the James Opelton Bradley death penalty trial.

Bradley is charged with the murder of Elisha Tucker, 34. Her body was found five years ago in Pender County while investigators were looking for Shannon Rippy Van Newkirk. Bradley is currently serving 30 years in prison for the murder of Van Newkirk, whose body was never found.

Bradley also spent nearly 25 years in prison for the 1988 killing of his 8-year-old stepdaughter,

The court is still looking for three alternate jurors in the Tucker trial. Jury selection began Jan. 22.

Categories: Local, New Hanover, Pender

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