March 04, 2011
From WWAY news: Columbus Co. murder trial goes to jury
WHITEVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A quadruple murder trial in Columbus County is coming to an end.
Late this afternoon the jury was read the charges against Danny Lamont Thomas, who's accused of killing for people. Tomorrow the jury will start deliberations.
Thomas walked into a Columbus County courtroom Wednesday morning with a stone face. He faces four charges of first degree murder along with several lesser charges.
During closing arguments Wednesday the defense told the jury, "There is no man or woman… no witness who said he (Thomas) did it."
Defense attorney James Payne continued to argue that the case against Thomas is all circumstantial; adding that nothing solid proves that his client was actually at the scene of the murders in Chadbourn back in 2005.
During the prosecution's closing arguments the state reviewed all the physical evidence, like a Tech Nine, a semi-automatic firearm, and a hockey mask that witnesses say was used in the robberies turned murders. Earlier testimony said Thomas had the items when he was caught in Colorado.
With both sides presenting their closing arguments the jury was then read the charges and given instructions. They will start deliberations Thursday morning.
If found guilty, Thomas may face the death penalty.
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