Murder Suspect Won't Appear In Court, Remains In Central Prison

The man behind bars in one of the most talked about crimes of 2009 will not appear in a Pitt County court Tuesday.

James Richardson was listed on the court calendar for Tuesday, but WITN News has learned that Richardson remains in Central Prison in Raleigh.

The Department of Correction says Richardson was moved to the prison January 6th from the Pitt County jail for safekeeping.

The 32 year old is charged with the June 30 murders of Landon Blackley and Andrew Kirby. They were shot dead outside the Other Place night club in Greenville.

Richardson was also charged in January of assaulting a detention center officer.

Richardson has maintained his innocence in the double murder.

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  • by Central Location: Good on Apr 30, 2010 at 08:38 AM
    Good! Central Prison is one of the worst ones in NC
  • by Dan Location: Greenville on Apr 9, 2010 at 07:25 PM
    There were plenty of reputable witnesses of which are all waiting to testify at his trial... Thats why he won't go. If i'm not mistaken he is a prisoner, it seems as though he has a choice not to appear in court. Put him in a van ship him back, and sentence him... Oh wait i'm sorry the state of NC likes to just put killers on death row for 20 years and wait for them to die of old age
  • by Concerned Location: Greenville on Apr 7, 2010 at 06:29 AM
    Did anyone actually see him shoot the men or just speculation?
  • by miyanna Location: greenville on Apr 6, 2010 at 10:45 PM
    no one really knows whether he did it or not. i mean really there were no reputable witnesses. everyone wants him to have this speedy trial but what if you're sentencing an innocent man to death? give the man a chance to tell his story.
  • by Rick Location: Washington on Apr 6, 2010 at 09:15 PM
    Detention Center Officer should have just shot him.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 06:39 PM
    Too bad he's not in Bertie County, they'd just let him go. lol
  • by Give me a break on Apr 6, 2010 at 03:40 PM
    He gets moved to Central Prison for HIS PROTECTION? What about the people he "might have shot"? The system is a freakin joke. The criminals have more rights then the law obeying citizens....hell maybe we should all break the law and get our rights back. By the way, how much is it going to cost to drag his A** back to Pitt County for the trial....oh wait we are going to have to move it due to the publicity..... it aint nothing but $$$
  • by safekeeping? on Apr 6, 2010 at 02:33 PM
    Who are they keeping safe? Richardson or the potential victims? The system is so screwed up. They need to process him, give him a speedy trial, and eliminate this red tape. His actions cost two innocent men their lives. Let's process him and move on.
  • by Jimbo Location: NC on Apr 6, 2010 at 01:44 PM
    I hope he likes it at Central Prison. He's going to be there for a very long time.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 6, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    By keeping him in central prision for safekeeping, is it to protect him or the public?
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