Man Guilty In Handy Mart Shooting

By: Dave Jordan / Bill Wilson
By: Dave Jordan / Bill Wilson

A Pitt County jury has found a man guilty of shooting a store clerk in the head nearly a year ago.

After two days of deliberations they found Julius Davis guilty on all counts. He was found guilty of attempted first degree murder, armed robbery and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill.

Police say Davis and three other men robbed the Handy Mart in Winterville on December 19th. Store clerk Carson McCullen was shot in the head during the robbery.

McCullen, who still has the bullet in his head, told jurors he has constant migraines because of the shooting.

Judge Rusty Duke sentenced Davis to serve between 30 and 39 years in prison.

Davis' attorney says he will appeal today's verdict.

The trial of a man accused of shooting a convenience store clerk in the head nearly a year ago is now in the hands of the jury.

Julius Davis is facing charges of attempted first degree murder and armed robbery for the December 19th shooting of Carson McCullen.

McCullen was a clerk at a Winterville Handy Mart when he robbed at gun point -- pistol whipped -- and shot in the back of the head.

Tuesday he testified about his ordeal and told WITN News that he still has the bullet lodged in his head. He says he has a pretty constant migraine and it's heightened by any extreme head movement.

The jury deliberated until around 5:30 p.m. and had not reached a verdict. They will return Thursday morning to continue deliberating.

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It's an account many who've been in his situation have not survived. It was December 19th, 2007 when Handy Mart clerk Carson McCullen was robbed at gun point -- pistol whipped -- and shot in the back of the head.

Tuesday -- almost one year later -- with the bullet still lodged in his head -- he took the stand in court -- reliving that night he says changed his life.

McCullen says, "It's definitely not fun, but I understand It's a necessary. I don't want to say evil but it's definitely a necessity given our legal system."

The man who police say pulled the trigger is Julius Davis. He and three others are charged in connection with the crime.

The four men got away with $47.81. And now McCullen has to pay the life long price with a laundry list of chronic illnesses.

McCullen says, "I pretty much keep a migraine. And it's heightened by sounds. Any gyrations with my head. Of course I got a little boy I can't do anything with him."

McCullen says because the bullet is lodged so close to his brain stem, doctors are unable to remove it

His only hope now -- that justice will be served.

Prosecutors say another co-defendant is slated to testify in court against Davis. They believe the trial will end either Thursday or Friday of this week.

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  • by Qu3t Location: Vanceboro on Dec 12, 2008 at 06:48 AM
    You shouldnt say things about ne 1 if it doesn't have ne thing to do with you this situation that happened between Mr.Davis & McCullen has nothing to do with you. Mr.Davis is someone Child, Brother, and ect. everyone in life makes mistakes and you never kno what your child or family member may do and you wouldnt want them commeting negative things about your family member everyone has their own opinion about everything but you should keep your comments to your self. May god be with the McCullen family im not sayin it was right but i do feel as is Mr.Davis is still a person and people should still have respect for him...eveyone is not perfect!!
  • by ??? Location: NC on Dec 11, 2008 at 12:38 PM
    Death penalty all the way. Its a shame that NC doesnt use the firing squad or hanging. It would be a lot more of a deterrent than getting a IV and going to sleep.
  • by BB Location: Greenville on Dec 11, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    Our local paper is reporting that Carson McCullen was fired by Handy Mart after this happened. I sure would like more information about that. If it is because he could not work after his on the job injury, I plan on boycotting Handy Mart and ask others to do the same!
  • by Tina Location: Greenville on Dec 11, 2008 at 11:41 AM
    Yup I say death penalty...get the scum off the earth. Hopefully he will rot in jail to say the least.
  • by DK Location: W'ville on Dec 11, 2008 at 11:03 AM
    This case is just perfect for the death penalty. The evidence is irrefutable--but the defense attorney will look for some technicality in the judicial process to justify the appeal. REALLY!!! If we have you on video committing a criminal act with a gun, there should be no question about 'beyond a shadow of a doubt'. Quick & speedy death will be the reward and the bleeding heart liberals can go suck an egg.
  • by unk on Dec 11, 2008 at 10:50 AM
    GOOD! Now he'll live in his accepted society. I still think they need to bring back the chain gangs and work them in shifts, just like law abiding citizens do, so there will be no overcrowding. Let the guard fire one round as soon as they get off the truck and say "that's your warning shot." Thank you Judge Russell Duke for fair and just sentencing.
  • by j Location: Gville on Dec 11, 2008 at 09:05 AM
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Dec 11, 2008 at 08:59 AM
    It costs more to jail one creep like this for a year than most middle class make in a year. You will pay for his dental, medical, food, exercise and clothing. And if he wants an education while in prison, you'll pay for that. 100% for the death penalty. Line them up. He'll get free lunch while you have to figure out how to pay for your children's lunch because there are no more funds for education. Can't build more schools when you have to build more prisons. Criminals have lost a fear of the judicial system. Passivists like the liberal Democrats are greasing an already slippery slope.
  • by JP on Dec 11, 2008 at 08:48 AM
    Sweet Justice! Now line up his buddies and give them the same!
  • by JP on Dec 11, 2008 at 07:41 AM
    If these drains on society walk, I'm going to totally move out of this area! The boy was just trying to make a living and this is what he gets. Speaks really well for our area.
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