Judge: Accused killer forfeits right to attorney, must represent self in murder trial

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By FT Norton
StarNews Staff

WILMINGTON, NC (StarNews) — A man charged in a 2012 Creekwood killing forfeited his right to counsel and must represent himself when his first-degree murder case goes to trial next week, a judge has ruled.

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Nashid Porter, 38, of Duplin County is charged in the July 27, 2012, shooting death of Brian Grant, 32, of Wilmington. The state is not seeking the death penalty in the case.

On Nov. 12, 2014, while out on bail in the Grant killing, Porter was charged in the killing of Obediah Hester IV, 27, in Duplin County. Hester was slated to testify for the state against Porter in the Grant killing. Duplin County, which is delaying prosecution until the Wilmington issue is settled, is seeking the death penalty in the Hester killing.

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