Waiting for Decision

A man found guilty close to 30 years ago in what many say was one of the most notorious murder cases in Onslow County is being considered for parole. Marcus Shrader, 64 years old, was convicted in the first degree murder of Cheryl Potter Boyd and sentenced to death. But that sentence was changed to life in prison after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in 1976 ruled the death penalty unconstitutional. As a result of the ruling 117 death row inmates in North Carolina had their death sentences changed to life in prison. The Onslow County District Attorney, Onslow County Sheriff Ed Brown and County Commissioner Delma Collins addressed the parole commission in Raleigh last week. A decision is expected very soon.