D.A. To Seek Death Penalty In Richardson Case

The man accused of shooting and killing two people in Downtown Greenville this summer now faces the death penalty if convicted of those crimes.

James Richardson appeared before a judge in Pitt County Tuesday afternoon that's when District Attorney Clark Everett announced he will be seeking the death penalty in the double homicide case.

Authorities say Richardson shot and killed Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside The Other Place Nightclub.

Also Tuesday, Richardson's attorneys asked the judge to reduce his bond currently set at five million dollars and three witnesses took the stand to vouch for his character.

However that motion was denied and his bond will stay the same.

Richardson said again that's he's not guilty.

His next status hearing has been set for February 2nd.

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The suspect in a double murder case in Pitt County could face the death penalty if convicted for two murders that happened in downtown Greenville this summer.

District Attorney Clark Everett told the judge of his decision Tuesday afternoon.

James Richardson is accused of shooting two people dead, Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley. Richardson, who is currently on a 23-hour lockdown at the Pitt County Detention Center, has maintained his innocence.


In Pitt County, the suspect in a high-profile double murder case is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

Thirty-two year old James Richardson is accused of shooting two people dead, Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley. Richardson, who is currently on a 23-hour lockdown at the Pitt County Detention Center, has maintained his innocence.

The shooting happened outside The Other Place on Fifth Street in Greenville, killing the pizza restaurant manager and an ECU student. The double murder touched off a debate about safety in downtown Greenville bars.

The district attorney is expected to announce whether he will seek the death penalty or not in the case.

The hearing is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.


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  • by Jeff Location: Winterville on Dec 9, 2009 at 05:17 PM
    This goes to show that one night of stupid behavior and cost you your life. There should be no leniency for this man. The victims didn't have a chance. Richardson is a coward. Anyone who feels like they have to carry a handgun to prove they are a man is a coward. I don't believe in the death penalty for ethical reasons. But this man needs a minimum of two life sentences with absolutely no chance of parole...ever. God bless his family. Richardson had so much potential.
  • by It is amazing on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:30 PM
    that all of you people were there and knew he did it. Or are you pyshic? I was not there so I don't know if Richardson is guilty or innocent. I do know if they don't have evidence besides a bunch of people saying he did it Richardson could walk free or if he goes to jail it could be shown in a few years that he was innocent and he gets paid. So stop trying to be judge and jury. You were not there and you don't know.
  • by thank you Steve on Dec 9, 2009 at 12:22 PM
    And to Matt and the other poster. How do you know he only shot the gun twice? Eyewitness testimony will not hold up in court by itself. Without contrete evidence this will be a close case.
  • by teddy Location: greenville on Dec 9, 2009 at 11:50 AM
    This low life deserves the death penalty for what he did. The punishment must fit the crime... He should be killed twice.
  • by Bob Location: Jacksonville on Dec 9, 2009 at 10:19 AM
    It's time to take out the trash.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2009 at 09:45 AM
    I think he should just be killed like he did the other two ppl. I played ball with one of the guys who was killed, and he was innocent. its not right for him to possibly get out. He should stay in prison were he belongs, were he cant do this again. He messed up and now he should face the penalty for what he has done!!!
  • by KK80 on Dec 9, 2009 at 08:52 AM
    Why are people talking about judging other people? I dont see anyone judging anyone... just stating facts and personal opinions. Thats not judgement- thats something the judge and God do.
  • by Russ Location: Henderson on Dec 9, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    Anger and Hurt? You're darn right. This low life ruined two good families. He doesn't deserve to be breathing good air today. Faith in the justice system good luck? I've worked in the justice system almost 30 years and there is nothing there to have any faith in. By taking up for this low life and your comment about judging you must have a lot of stuff in your closet. I don't.
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Dec 9, 2009 at 07:25 AM
    After reading 53 comments that have been posted,the only thing I can do is pray for so much anger and hurt that many of you have expressed. Make sure before you judge others that you yourself have nothing to be judged for. I pray for all involved and I have faith in the justice system that the end result will be just.
  • by To the Witn please post this person on Dec 9, 2009 at 06:59 AM
    Maybe he only shot 2 people because he only shot the gun 2 times..... Did you ever think about that?
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