After all we have heard about Stand Your Ground laws and the back-and-forth discussions about whether or not George Zimmerman should be convicted of murder for shooting Trayvon Martin it was a shock to many when Zimmerman waived his right to a Stand Your Ground hearing this week. If the judge found in his favor at the Stand Your Ground hearing after all, the case would be over.
The U.S. Supreme Court decided last year that the 8th Amendment's prohibition against cruel and unusual punishment means that juvenile crimes cannot be punished by a life sentence with no chance of parole. For Laurence Lovette, formerly of Durham, that he will have a second chance to prove to a judge that he should not spend the rest of his life behind bars.
In December, Durham police responded to a 911 call regarding a shooting near Truman Street. When police arrived, they found a 29-year-old man with gunshot wounds who required hospitalization. The man police believe is connected to the shooting was recently found in Florida and arrested by U.S. Marshals.
Two men have been arrested and charged with various forms of breaking and entering, including two counts a piece for intent to commit felony larceny after a police pursuit ended in a two-car collision. Twenty-seven-year-old Brian Johnson and 23-year-old Nicolas Losito stand accused of working together to rob 34 businesses in Cary, Apex and Morrisville.
At least two men involved in a Raleigh break-in captured on video by a home security system and later posted to YouTube have been arrested and charged with burglary. The online video of the break-in has received close to 2 million views.
In January, the Johnston County School Board will consider whether employees will be subjected to ongoing criminal history checks after being hired by the school district. Currently, applicants are screened for criminal offenses prior to being offered a job, but the new proposal would require employees' actions be continuously monitored.
Charged with killing a homeless man in Raleigh, at least four area teens may be tried as adults for the crime. The Wake County Prosecutor has confirmed that may seek a transfer of some of the teens involved in the death of 37-year-old Regynald Brown to adult court.
After being convicted for taking property by false pretenses, a former North Carolina Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) administrator is still able to receive his full pension. As of December 1, 2012, a public employee will forfeit his or her pension benefits if convicted of a felony that is related to his or her public position. The law exempts the contributions made by the employee and any and interest earned on those contributions.
A month ago, two people were attacked by about five men outside of Raleigh restaurant La Volta. Police recently released surveillance photographs of the incident and are asking for the public's help in finding those involved in the late-night assault.
Earlier this week, we posted about a cell phone search of a Rhode Island woman's phone that led to criminal charges being filed against her boyfriend in the death of her 6-year-old son. The Rhode Island legislature has since acted to require police to obtain a search warrant before going through a person's email, text messages or voice mails stored on a cell phone.