NC trial for nursing home shootings won’t move

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    CARTHAGE, NC (AP) — The North Carolina man accused of killing eight people in a nursing home shooting rampage last year will go on trial in the county where the deaths occurred.

    The Fayetteville Observer reported Friday the death-penalty trial for Robert Stewart will stay in Moore County, but jurors will be brought in from elsewhere. Defense attorneys argued Stewart couldn’t get a fair trial in the county shaken by the killings at Pinelake Health and Rehab Center.

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    Judge James Webb also ruled Thursday that prosecution experts can evaluate Stewart’s mental health. The judge said Stewart should be held at the local jail instead of a state prison where his housing and medical fees have cost the county $54,000.

    A police officer responding to the rampage shot Stewart in the chest and wounded him.

    Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, http://www.fayobserver.com

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