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Greensboro NC Criminal Defense Law Blog

Third man believed to be involved in shooting charged

A third person who was believed to be involved in a North Carolina shooting was taken into police custody on Aug. 19. According to the report, the man was charged with accessory after it was believed he was involved with an attempted murder at the Fountainbleau Inn on Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach on May 24. Authorities believed that the shooting was related to drugs.

The man, age 24, was reportedly taken into custody after police reportedly found him around Guilford College Road in Greensboro. The authorities stated that he had a stolen handgun and ammunition on his person when he was taken into custody. His bail was set at $266,000, though it was not clear if he had posted bail or was still in custody when the report was released.

Police officer and his wife accused of sex offenses

A woman in North Carolina recently came forward to accuse a police officer and his wife of sexually abusing her when she was a child. However, this is not the first time the woman has made these claims. Back in 2009, she had also gone to police claiming the couple was guilty of sex offenses against her when she was a child.

At that time, she ultimately refused to cooperate with police. Without her statement, police had no reason to pursue the investigation. The woman, who is somehow related to the couple, claims that both her family and members of her church dissuaded her from pursuing the charges. For some reason, she now seems willing to cooperate with authorities.

A North Carolina university police chief arrested for DWI

The man now serving as the chief of police at North Carolina Central University was recently stopped at a driver's license checkpoint. The law enforcement agency running the checkpoint claims in its arrest warrant that they could smell alcohol coming from the vehicle. On further contact with the driver, officers suspected the man of DWI.

Officers also reported that the man's eyes were red and glassy. Based on the officer's observations, he was given a field sobriety test, on which he allegedly did poorly. He was then transported to a station where additional testing was performed. The department says that his blood alcohol level was .09 at that time.

Neighbor arrested for the homicide of North Carolina woman

Back in June, a North Carolina school counselor was murdered in her apartment. After several weeks of investigating the homicide, local police began to focus on another person living in the same apartment complex. The 24-year-old man was recently in court for the first time in connection with the woman's death.

Authorities admit that it does not appear that the deceased woman and the man in custody had any relationship or connection to each other. Even so, a search warrant was obtained for the man's apartment at the end of July. Police claim they found items in the man's apartment that prove he had had contact with the victim. Items included pictures he took of himself that show some scratches on the his face and a shoe box containing some hair in the closet.

2 arrests made in North Carolina professor's homicide

By all accounts, the recent death of a University of North Carolina professor is a great loss to the university and to those who knew him. The professor was not only an instructor but also a cancer researcher. His death is considered a homicide, and two men were taken into custody.

Police believe that the killing was motivated by robbery. The victim was beaten severely and left for dead. He was still alive when he was found but succumbed to his injuries some time later. The two men in custody were arrested based on the fact that they allegedly match descriptions provided to police by a person in the area who happened to pass by, saw the two men and thought they looked suspicious.

Conviction for assault on a female to be appealed by Greg Hardy

In North Carolina, misdemeanors are generally heard before a district court judge who then makes a ruling and passes a sentence. If the person is found guilty, he or she may appeal the ruling and request the case to be heard in Superior Court in a trial by jury. This appeal preserves an individual's constitutional right to a trial by jury. Representatives for NFL defensive end Greg Hardy reported that such an appeal will be filed on Hardy's account with regard to his recent conviction and sentence in district court for assault on a female.

The judge presiding over the case sentenced Hardy to a suspended sentence of 60 days and probation for 18 months. While the matter is on appeal, Hardy is free to travel with his team -- the Carolina Panthers -- since the sentence does not apply until the appeal is resolved. However, that does not preclude the NFL imposing its own penalties on Hardy under its personal-conduct policy.

NFL player arrested for DWI in North Carolina

It can be easy to forget that people in the public eye such as celebrities, politicians and sports figures have personal issues of their own. Sometimes, those issues spill out into the media. For instance, NFL player Josh Gordon was recently charged with DWI here in North Carolina.

The charge stems from a recent traffic stop initiated by police at around 4 a.m. Not only was Gordon accused of driving while impaired, but he was also issued a citation for speeding. According to the arresting officer, he was driving 50 mph in an area where the speed limit was only 35 mph.

Was woman's disappearance the result of domestic violence?

Some time ago, a teacher from North Carolina disappeared. Recently, a body was found that may be that of the missing woman. Now, law enforcement officials believe she may have been the victim of domestic violence.

The woman's boyfriend was said to be the last person to see her alive. He told police that his girlfriend was drinking the day she vanished. The two of them argued, and she left. He says that was the last time he saw her.

July 4th revelers could end up facing a DWI charge

Summertime is in full swing, and the nation's anniversary is coming up. Many North Carolina residents will take part in Fourth of July celebrations, which could include the consumption of alcohol. If partygoers are not careful, they could end up facing DWI charges.

Law enforcement agencies in North Carolina teamed up to begin a week-long effort to curb drinking and driving. From June 27 through July 6, officers will be out in force making traffic stops in order to find motorists suspected of driving under the influence. In addition to extra patrols, law enforcement will be using other means as well, but the Department of Transportation was not specific as to what those additional measures might be.

Was homicide conviction based on faulty identification?

A university professor has spent a good portion of his career consulting on and writing about the dangers of eyewitness identifications. To date, he has served as an expert witness on the topic in no fewer than 150 cases. Recently, he lent his expertise to the case of a North Carolina man convicted of homicide back in the 1970s.

The professor believes the man was convicted because of a faulty identification by an eyewitness. At the time the crime was committed, the convicted man was placed in a lineup with five other men. He was wearing a coat popular in the 1970s, which was three-quarter length, but none of the other lineup participants were wearing such a coat.

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