Man guilty in murder of Bladen native


RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — After a one-day delay caused by winter weather, a Wake County jury heard closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of beating and stabbing a Raleigh mother to death and returned a guilty verdict after just an hour and a half of deliberations. It’s a death penalty case, so the jury will next be asked to consider whether Travion Smith should be executed.

Travion Devonte Smith enters a Wake County courtroom on Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo: WTVD)

Travion Devonte Smith enters a Wake County courtroom on Feb. 2, 2016. (Photo: WTVD)

Smith was accused, along with two other suspects, of the murder of 30-year-old Melissa Huggins-Jones, who was found by her 8-year old daughter beaten and stabbed to death inside their North Hills apartment in May 2013.

In her closing argument, defense attorney Phoebe Dee told jurors there are some facts in the case that are not in dispute. She said Smith was with Ronald Anthony Jr. and Sarah Redden in the neighborhood breaking into cars on the night of the murder.

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