Motions Denied In Murder Case

A judge has denied a request by a Martin County man accused of killing his wife back in 2009 to have his case heard in a different county.

Albert Gurkin Senior, 63-years-old, remains in jail charged with strangling his wife, Jewel, to death, back on May 13, 2009 in Martin County.

Gurkin reported his wife missing. She was found three days later-- buried two miles away from their home.

In court Gurkin's attorney asked for a change of venue or a jury pool from a different county, so Gurkin can get a fair trial. The judge denied the request.

A trial date has not been set, although it's expected to take place in the spring.


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  • by Concerned Location: ENC on Nov 8, 2011 at 04:29 PM
    it is a shame folks cannot leave this subject alone and just wait until he has his trial and is judged by his peers. Ms. Jewel appears to have suffered enough while with him and it ultimately led to her untimely death. Certainly her family members are hurting as she was taken before her time and in the manner she was taken from them. We must remember that Albert Gray will have 2 higher authorities to answer to in this incident with one being the jury of his peers and the other being the highest authority, our Lord and Savior. Certainly his family is hurting also and from the comments of some people they are being unfairly judged because of his accused actions. Please remember they could not help what he did nor could they possibly have prevented it if they were not their. Albert has already deprived his surviving family members of many things which include their inheritances as his attorney fees will be exhorbant. If guilty, he should accept that fact and prevent family on both sides from having to go thru a court hearing. Please don't continue to throw stones because it is only by the grace of god this could not happen to any of us. Let Ms. Jewel rest in peace and both of their family members to continue their lives in peace and harmony and let the court system first deal with Mr. Albert and then our Heavenly Father. Thank you
  • by Truth on Nov 1, 2011 at 07:02 AM
    If the real truth comes out, he will have a fair trial! Let's just pray that NOTHING is left out! That will make it most interesting and will shed a light on it that has not so far been shed!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:59 PM
    Amen!
  • by Heather Mobley Location: Williamston on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:13 PM
    To "Known Fact" how do you know it happened at 230 am? Where you there to help him?? Since you seem to know so many "facts" maybe you should be on trial for murder too!! You claim to know for a fact, its funny because that's the first we all have heard of it happening at that time....
  • by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 05:30 PM
    poor known fact.u know nothing but rumors and hearsay u are the only person in the world,that knows jewel was killed at 2.30 am.
  • by known fact on Oct 30, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    it happened at about 2:30 in the a.m. I know for fact. yes that is morning, but i am sleeping at 2am. morning for me is 6am. further more, there are only two people that really know what happened. One won't tell, the other can't. leave hearsay and unnessary comments alone. have respect of BOTH FAMILIES!
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      by Martin county Resident on Oct 30, 2011 at 03:10 PM in reply to known fact
      Lots of respect for the families of Jewel and Albert Grey. But when you kill someone...even if it is in a heated moment...and then not tell the proper authorites the correct information...this is WRONG...Prayers to Jewel and Albert Grey's families....but as the saying goes....if you do the crime....be prepared to pay the time... Lucky for Albert Grey (if he is found guilty) he will get to serve time. Jewel had no choice.
  • by Martin resident Location: Williamston on Oct 27, 2011 at 10:02 AM
    Why has it taken 2 years for this murder case to go to trial?
  • by Martin County Resident Location: Farm Life on Oct 27, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    Let the jury members come from England...it does not matter...This man killed strangled his wife....buried her...lied about it....now has sold everything he owns...and any jury will be able to see through his lies.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:35 PM in reply to Martin County Resident
      HE NEVER BURIED HER. THAT MUST BE ANOTHER MARTIN COUNTY RUMOR
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        by Martin County Resident on Oct 29, 2011 at 01:39 PM in reply to
        ok...maybe he did not bury her..but you did not deny that he killed her...and then hide her body
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        by Anonymous on Oct 31, 2011 at 08:58 PM in reply to
        NO He didn't bury her. He just threw her under a a bunch of stuff. He attempted to cover up his crime. Dogs get a more proper burial.
  • by Anonymous Location: Jamesville, NC on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:51 AM
    Why does he need a fair trial? Was it fair for him to strangle Jewel? I think they should just go ahead and fry him and save the county a lot of money for not having to feed the sorry thing.Eye for a Eye!! ?
  • by Fair? on Oct 27, 2011 at 03:29 AM
    Fair from whose perspective? This man, who killed his wife, is held up by many in Martin County as something akin to a hero. You should hear some of his cronies talking about him. I would fear that the trial would be biased in his favor. A number of people in Martin County seem to think it is perfectly fine to choke your little wife to death in a fit of drunken rage.
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      by Anonymous on Oct 28, 2011 at 12:38 PM in reply to Fair?
      HE WONT IN A DRUNKEN RAGE. IT HAPPENED IN THE MORNING. IM NOT TAKING HIS SIDE BY NO MEANS BUT YOU NEED TO GET YOU FACTS STRAIGHT. YES HE IS WRONG BUT DONT MAKE UP MORE STUFF ABOUT IT. THE ONLY PERSON THAT REALLY NEEDS TO COMMENT ON IT IS HEATHER ANYWAY.
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