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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