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By F.T. Norton

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — Three New Hanover County criminal cases were upheld Tuesday by the N.C. Court of Appeals, including the 2013 conviction of Harold Goins Jr., sentenced to four life terms for the rape of a cousin in 2010.

Goins, 38, argued in his appeal that his right to a speedy trial was denied, the state had to impeach its own witness to extract damning testimony against him, jurors heard he was incarcerated prior to the rape and the state improperly commented in closing arguments on Goins’ invocation of his “right to remain silent.”

The appeals court disagreed with Goins’ arguments and found the trial court did not err in the case. The conviction was upheld.

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