D.A. Drops Murder Charges Against Mother & Son

Prosecutors in Onslow County have dropped all charges against a mother and son for accused in the murder of a man in 2009.

Victoria Hernandez and her son Ricardo Hernandez were charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy for the death of 33-year-old Ardelio Mayo's death.

District Attorney Ernie Lee said today there was insufficient evidence to prosecute the two. Specifically, Lee says there is doubt whether Mayo was actually murdered or not.

While the State Medical Examiner's Office initially ruled the death a homicide, a defense expert was ready to testify that there was a high probability that Mayo's death was a suicide.

The district attorney says the mother and son said Mayo "had gone into a frenzy and began stabbing himself." The two maintained their roommate had committed suicide and they were injured as they tried to stop him from harming or killing himself.

Their attorney said after spending 618 days in jail, both the mother and son have been set free.


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  • by Disgusted Location: Cape Carteret, NC on Jun 14, 2011 at 08:52 AM
    How sad is it that illegal aliens can come to this country and not only take advantage of our system to get free money and benefits at our expense, but now they can get away with murder free and clear. Come on North Carolina, pull your heads out of your back sides and enforce the law!!!!!
  • by justice on Jun 14, 2011 at 01:28 AM
    Ernie Lee, dont you think you should personally pay for the time and expenses you have cost these two people? Sell the house, the beach house, the boat, the mercedes, and compensate these two victims because of your unability to believe them when they told you the truth.
  • by dave on Jun 13, 2011 at 05:29 PM
    wow tells you how much the north carolina system is corupted and crooked hope i never get get caught up in the crooked wheels they call justice in north carolina
  • by BJ on Jun 13, 2011 at 01:30 PM
    WOW. That is about all I can say about this story......
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