Bradley jury to hear testimony about prior murder, discovery of body


WILMINGTON (StarNews) — The jury in the presumed killing of Shannon Rippy Van Newkirk will hear that her accused killer James Opelton Bradley spent two decades in prison for killing his 8-year-old stepdaughter; that police found the body of another missing woman in the hunt for Van Newkirk; and that the Wilmington man penned two short stories about serial killers who targeted women.

Van Newkirk was last seen April 5, 2014, a day before her 54th birthday. Her 53-year-old co-worker Bradley — who served 25 years in prison for the 1988 murder of his stepdaughter Ivy Gipson — is accused of killing Van Newkirk.

Her body has never been found and little evidence exists beyond her silence that indicates the Wilmington woman is dead.

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