BREAKING NEWS: Bedford Found Guilty Of Murder

An Onslow County man has been found guilty of killing his girlfriend.

Jurors took less than an hour to find Albert Bedford guilty of first degree murder.

Vickie Lewis was beaten, stabbed and her throat slit. Her body was found in a shallow grave in November 2008.

Bedford was sentenced to life without parole.

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The jury is deliberating the fate of an Onslow County man, accused of killing his girlfriend and then burying her body in a shallow grave.

The jurors got the case against Albert Bedford around 3:45 p.m.

Testimony wrapped up Wednesday morning with the defense presenting no evidence or testimony.

Bedford is accused in the November 2008 murder of Vickie Lewis. Her body was found in a shallow grave in the backyard of her daughter's home.

The state wrapped up presenting its evidence around 10:15 a.m. Minutes before the state announced it had rested its case, Beford began reading the bible and prayer book that he had with him in court.

"We know her head was bludgeoned, beaten, and busted numerous times...then despite those wounds a knife was stuck in so deep it scratched her back," Assistant District Attorney Mike Maultsby told jurors during closing arguments.

But Bedford's attorney told jurors there were gaps in the state's case, such as what exactly were the murder weapons. "The state has not presented to you credible evidence to put this man in prison the rest of his life," said William Morgan.

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The murder trial of Albert Bedford, accused of killing and burying a woman, is scheduled to start up again Monday morning.

Albert Bedford is on trial in Onslow County for the November 2008 murder of Vickie Lewis. On Thursday, the medical examiner gave graphic testimony of how Lewis died, and the murder suspect's daughter and son-in-law took the stand about the shocking discovery that Vickie Lewis was found buried in their backyard.

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The trial for a man accused of murdering his lover and burying her in the backyard at his daughter's home is underway in Onslow County.

Thursday morning, Detective Tom Robinson with the Onslow County Sheriff's Office testified about blood he says was found in Albert Bedford's van.

Robinson also detailed finding Lewis's body under a pile of leaves and overgrown grass at the home of Befdford's daughter December 7th. Her body was under a blue tarp.

The medical examiner who performed the autopsy testified that Lewis had blunt force injuries to head, brain hemmoraging, brain damage, mulitple scalp and facial lacerations and bruises.

The medical examiner says vickie lewis also had cocaine in her body when she died.

Bedford is charged with killing Vickie Lewis in November of 2008.

Investigators say Bedford claimed the blood splatter in his van was not from a crime but from nosebleeds.

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The trial for a man accused of murdering his lover and burying her in the backyard at his daughter's home is underway in Onslow County.

Albert Bedford is charged with killing Vickie Lewis in November of 2008.

Prosecutors say Bedford and Lewis, both married to other people, had been seeing each other for more than five years.

Bedford is accused of slitting Lewis' throat and killing her in his van before burying her in a shallow grave and his daughters Onslow County home.

The 43-year-old Lewis had been missing for weeks before her body was discovered.

On the stand, daughter Chakona Lewis told jurors Vickie Lewis told her Bedford threatened to kill her with a butcher knife several weeks before she was murdered.

Lewis said her mother did have a drug problem, but was trying to get clean.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2009 at 05:21 PM
    He looks like he would do something like that. Not surprising.
  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Dec 9, 2009 at 05:00 PM
    I don't know if this guy is guilty or not. But I know he had a lousy attorney and his argument was weak, which leads me to believe he had no alibi and got what he deserved. The man had a history of violent behavior. He is going to spend the rest of his life on the tax payer's dime. But at least he can't do this to anyone else.
  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Dec 9, 2009 at 03:44 PM
    Why does this case get to be tried in Onslow county and the OTHER murder case have to be moved???? IT AIN'T RIGHT!!!

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