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Archive for September, 2011

BREAKING NEWS: Man barricades himself inside home off Greenville Avenue

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sources are telling us that the possible suspect in a bank robbery that occurred at a Wachovia earlier today has barricaded himself inside a home on Greenville Avenue. New Hanover County dispatch says that the Wilmington Police Department was trying to serve a warrant to the man.

We have a reporter on the scene and will keep you updated on this story as more information becomes available.

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BREAKING NEWS: Suspect barricades himself inside home

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Sources are telling us that a suspect in a bank robbery that occurred at a Wachovia earlier today has barricaded himself inside a home on Greenville Avenue. New Hanover County dispatch says that the Wilmington Police Department was trying to serve a warrant to the man.

We have a reporter on the way and will keep you updated on this story as more information becomes available.

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Suspect denies murdering woman in Edgecombe county

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

WINDSOR, N.C. (AP) — The man accused of killing a woman in
Edgecombe County says he didn’t kill her, although prosecutors said
all the evidence points to him.

Antwan Pittman described to jurors Wednesday his encounter with
28-year-old Taraha Shenice Nicholson. Pittman said the two had sex
at a motel on March 1, 2009, that he dropped her off behind the
Rocky Mount library and he never saw her again. Under
cross-examination, Pittman told prosecutors that Nicholson was the
first prostitute that he had sex with. He denied having sex with
two former prostitutes who earlier testified that Pittman tried to
strangle them as well.

Pittman is charged with first-degree murder in the death of
Nicholson, whose body was found March 7, 2009. Autopsy results
showed Nicholson was choked to death.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Court hears appeal of murder conviction in police officer’s death

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington man convicted of killing a police officer appealed his second-degree murder conviction today.

In February of 2009 Anthony Pierce led Wilmington Police on a chase after fleeing from an officer during a traffic stop. Officer Rich Matthews tried joining the pursuit when he lost control of his cruiser and crashed. In May of 2010, Pierce was convicted of second-degree murder. The prosecution argued that Pierce’s actions led to the death of Matthews.

Wednesday, the North Carolina Court of Appeals heard from the state and Pierce’s attorney, William Dowdy.

The defense explained that the death of Matthews was not an intentional attack, adding that Pierce had no way of knowing that Matthews would end up getting into a deadly car crash after fleeing from police. The state
disagreed.

“Causing this high speed chase is inherently dangerous,” said Assistant Attorney General Dan O’Brien. “If you set something like that in motion you can foresee the results.”

Dowdy argued that during the trial the judge struck out the words “assault” and “wounding” when giving the definition of second-degree murder to the jury. The defense said those words were key in regards to Pierce’s case.

“In order for a person to be found guilty the state has to prove an intentional act,” Dowdy said. “That intentional act has to be a particular kind of intentional act. One that constitutes an assault, and that assault is either felonious or would result in death or seriously bodily injury.”

Both the state and Pierce’s attorney also spent a good amount of time arguing whether a second-degree murder conviction can be supported when the victim is miles away.

“There’s never been a case in North Carolina that I’m aware of where someone who was remote from that pursuit has been killed and that the liability of murder has been attributed to the defendant,” Dowdy said.

The state argued that arson is an example of a situation in which a defendant can be miles away when the victim is killed. The court acknowledged the difficulty in this type of murder case, even giving an example on what this conviction can mean down the road.

“You think about a car kicking up a rock that hits a small child in the head, child dies. Or the officer so excited in the chase he has a heart attack and dies,” said NC Court of Appeals Judge Linda Stephens. “We have
to be concerned with the reach that the state successfully took.”

No decision was made Wednesday. The North Carolina Court of Appeals has up to 90 days to make its ruling.

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Official says house fire intentionally set

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

A house fire at 1515 Nun St. on Wednesday was intentionally set, said David Hines, public information officer for the Wilmington Fire Department.

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