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From WRAL News: A convicted Triangle terrorist was sentenced Friday to life in prison
May 11, 2013

A convicted Triangle terrorist was sentenced Friday to life in prison on charges that he plotted to kill government witnesses who testified against him in his 2011 trial… Read more about this article here. Click on the link below to view video and commentary by W. James Payne here:Triangle Terror Case ...
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From WWAY News: A man charged with killing a young mother
April 24, 2013

From WWAY News on 24 April, 2013: WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man charged with killing a young mother last year was back in court this morning for a hearing that could determine how his murder case will move forward. Andrew Bernard Adams is accused of the January 2012 murder of 24-year-old Latricia Scott. ...
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From The Star News: Andrew Bernard Adams Mental Retardation Hearing
April 24, 2013

From The Star News on 24 April, 2013: The state is permitted to have accused killer Andrew Bernard Adams tested for mental retardation after a defense expert concluded he is mentally retarded, a New Hanover County judge determined Wednesday. The convicted serial rapist is facing the death penalty in the January 2012 killing of Latricia Ann Scott, 24, of Wilmington. Family reported Scott missing Jan. 10. Three days later, the young mother's battered body was found buried in a shallow grave in Adams' Cowen Street backyard. She'd been bludgeoned to death with a hammer, according to officials. If Adams is ...
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From WWAY News: "THE RANT" - Local defense attorney strongly against Sen. Goolsby's death penalty bill
March 19, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (OPEN LETTER FROM DEFENSE ATTORNEY JAMES PAYNE ON WWAY'S 'THE RANT') -- The recent movement to repeal the Racial Justice Act (RJA) sends the message that racial discrimination is acceptable in the North Carolina justice system. The public posture that the RJA is an “end run” around the execution of death row inmates unfortunately masks the true object of the Act: to spare the lives of those who suffered from discrimination in the very trial that placed them on death row. The purpose of the RJA, enacted in 2009, is to take those convicted murderers on ...
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From WWAY News: A death penalty case in Brunswick County
March 08, 2013

From WWAY News: A death penalty case in Brunswick County BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A death penalty case in Brunswick County ended today before it began. Carl Alston, charged with the kidnapping, rape and murder of of a Leland mother more than four years ago pleaded guilty after four days of jury selection. Burns's remains were found in the trunk of her burnt out car in July 2008. Her family says she was disabled from a drunk driving accident making her unable to fight off Alston. On the July 2008 night he killed Burns, 49, Alston said he ...
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From Star NewsOnline: D.A. to seek death penalty for Adams
September 13, 2012

From Star NewsOnline: D.A. to seek death penalty for Adams Prosecutors officially declared their intention to seek the death penalty against a serial rapist suspected of killing a young mother in a fit of rage, the last of several alleged crimes that riveted Wilmington. The announcement, made during a formal hearing in New Hanover County Superior Court on Thursday, raises the stakes in what is sure to be a harrowing courtroom drama as lawyers wage an aggressive fight over the fate of the suspect, Andrew Bernard Adams. Adams, 56, is expected to stand trial over allegations he bludgeoned ...
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From StarNewsOnline: Attorneys Request Cases Be Split In Beheading Plot
September 05, 2012

From StarNewsOnline: Attorneys Request Cases Be Split In Beheading Plot The Shallotte defense attorney for a man accused of plotting the beheadings of witnesses who testified against his brother in a terrorism trial asked a judge Tuesday to separate his client's case from that of his co-defendants. Attorney W. James Payne said his client Shkumbin Sherifi's defense "is so stark in contrast with that of his co-defendants that the jury will be forced to disbelieve one defense in order to believe another." Sherifi, 22, is charged along with his brother Hysen Sherifi, 28, and Nevine Aly Elshiekh, 46, with plotting ...
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Judge Denies Bond in Shkumbin Sherifi Trial - ABC News
April 04, 2012

Attorney James Payne addresses the recent ruling denying bail for his client Shkumbin Sherifi in a North Carolina federal court.  See the coverage from ABC news. ...
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