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UPDATE: Reaction To Richardson Guilty Verdict

A judge handed James Richardson two life sentences without parole after the district attorney said he was no longer pursuing the death penalty.

It came after jurors took four days to convict the Greenville man for the double murders of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley. The two were killed during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

District Attorney Clark Everett asked the judge to give Richardson back to back life sentences. He decided against the death penalty at the request of the families of the victims.

During sentencing Richardson addressed the court. He told Judge Rusty Duke that he's an innocent man, and wants police to go back and investigate to get the right person. He said he had not seen his children in two years. "I can only imagine what they going through," Richardson told the judge. "But what I'm trying to say is, you got the wrong guy, you got the wrong guy."

There was plenty of reaction following the trial. Stephanie Huza, Kirby's friend, said, "It was a day I knew that would come because truth and justice will always prevail. Our whole side has felt the loss of a life and none of us would ever wish that on anyone else."

Alice Forbes, a friend of Richardson's said, "I think it was really messed up. Because they didn't have any proper evidence that this boy killed nobody."

In reference to Richardson declaring his innocence after the verdict, D.A. Clark Everett said, "It's one thing to say you know, trust me, I didn't do this. He was there - he's never said who did do it if he didn't do it. So I don't put a whole lot of stock in what he said."

Bennie Roundtree, President of the Pitt County chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference says Richardson did not get a fair trial and says he'll take action and report to the national board in two weeks.

Judge Duke sentenced Richardson to consecutive life sentences without parole on the murder counts, plus 98 months to 136 months on the weapon charges.


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A Pitt County jury has found James Richardson guilty on all counts after four days of deliberations.

The jury has found Richardson guilty of two counts of first degree murder and guilty of two counts of discharging a firearm in an occupied building.

Richardson was on trial for killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

Richardson sat in the courtroom with hands clasped, shaking his head. At one point he was seen crying. Across the aisle Kirby's mother was seen holding her hands to her mouth and appeared to be crying as well.

Prosecutors will now seek the death penalty against Richardson. Jurors will be brought back for the sentencing phase of the trial. That will likely include additional testimony from both the state and defense and then the same jury will deliberate whether Richardson gets a life sentence or the death penalty.

Judge Rusty Duke will reconvene court in a few minutes to discuss how the sentencing phase will take place.

We have multiple crews inside the courtroom and will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.


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Jurors in the James Richardson double murder trial appear to be making progress, a day after one of the members asked to be removed from the panel.

Jurors have been deliberating the fate of Richardson since late Friday afternoon.

When Judge Rusty Duke asked around 12:45 p.m. if anything was written on the verdict sheet, the foreman nodded yes.

The 10 women, 2 man panel said they wanted to have lunch brought in, instead of taking a break which they have done in days past.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.


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A day after one person asked to be removed from the jury panel, jurors are back deliberating in the James Richardson double murder trial.

Late Tuesday afternoon jurors sent a note to Judge Rusty Duke saying one of them wanted off the panel because they couldn't make a decision on one of the charges. The judge denied that request and told them to return this morning.

In court this morning the judge told the jury it's their duty to reach a verdict on all charges, then gave them written jury instructions.

They were sent back to their jury room shortly after 9:00 a.m. The judge then sent three alternate jurors home for the day and told them to come back Thursday at 9:00 a.m.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

Wednesday is the fourth day of deliberations in the case.

If convicted of first degree murder prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against Richardson.


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A juror in the James Richardson trial asked to be removed from the panel late Tuesday afternoon.

Jurors are in their third day of deliberations at the Pitt County courthouse.

At 5:00 p.m. the judge returned to the courtroom and said jurors had given him a note. It said jurors had taken a vote and one juror asked to be removed from the panel because they're unable to make a decision on one of the charges. That charge was shooting into an occupied building which resulted in the serious bodily injury of Andrew Kirby.

Judge Rusty Duke later brought jurors into the courtroom and asked if they had reached any decision on the other charges and they said no.

Judge Duke did not grant the request for removal and asked jurors if they wanted to return tomorrow. After the judge re-read jurors their duties, they agreed to come back to continue deliberations. When court resumes tomorrow he will give jurors those written instructions.

So far over the three day period the 10 women and 2 men have deliberated about 15 and a half hours.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

If convicted of first degree murder prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against Richardson.


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The panel of ten women and two men continues to deliberate the fate of James Richardson today.

The first order of business this morning was giving jurors written testimony from prosecution's witness Cario Arrington.

Over objections from the defense, the judge permitted police statements replayed from Arrington at the request of jurors. Arrington was a friend of Richardson's who told jurors that he and Richardson drove to The Other Place nightclub in the BMW the night of the shooting

Jurors reviewed that transcript in the courtroom before going back into the jury room to resume deliberations shortly after 10:00 a.m..

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

If convicted of first degree murder prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against Richardson.



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Jurors in the James Richardson double murder trial have finished their second day of deliberations without reading a verdict.

The 10 women and two men panel has deliberated a little over 9 hours since getting the case late Friday afternoon.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

The jury will return Tuesday morning at 9:00 a.m. when they will receive written transcripts from one of the state's witnesses.

Over objections from the defense, the judge permitted police statements replayed from Cario Arrington at the request of jurors.

Arrington was a friend of Richardson's who told jurors that he and Richardson drove to The Other Place nightclub in the BMW the night of the shooting and met Richardson's brother Andre. Arrington testified Richardson got into a fight and they got kicked out of the Other Place and that Richardson took off running. He testified the next thing he saw was the white BMW drive by and he heard shots.

If convicted of first degree murder, prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty against Richardson.


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The jury in the James Richardson double murder trial will receive transcripts from a friend of Richardson who testified for the state.

Jurors have been deliberating the fate of Richardson since Friday afternoon when they got the case.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

Over objections from the defense, the judge permitted police statements replayed from Cario Arrington at the request of jurors.

Arrington was a friend of Richardson's who told jurors that he and Richardson drove to The Other Place nightclub in the BMW the night of the shooting and met Richardson's brother Andre. Arrington testified Richardson got into a fight and they got kicked out of the Other Place and that Richardson took off running. He testified the next thing he saw was the white BMW drive by and he heard shots.

In addition to hearing a tape playback of Arrington's statement, Judge Rusty Duke also allow jurors to read statement given to police.

The judge says transcripts of Arrington's actual testimony will be given to jurors at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday.


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Jurors in the James Richardson double-murder trial returned this morning to continue deliberating the case.

The jury deliberated for three and a half hours Friday before the judge dismissed them for the weekend.

About 7:00 p.m. Friday the ten women and two men submitted two questions to the judge. They asked the judge to define reasonable doubt and what a hung jury means.

The judge answered the jurors' question about reasonable doubt, but only discussed the hung jury matter with the attorneys.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

WITN will continue to be in the courtroom and monitor any updates from the jury.



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Jurors deliberated the verdict in the James Richardson double-murder trial for a little more than three hours Friday before they went home for the weekend. They got the case around 3:55 p.m. and recessed just after 7:00pm Friday.

About 7:00 p.m. Friday jurors submitted two questions to the judge. They asked the judge to define reasonable doubt and what a hung jury means.

The judge answered the jurors' question about reasonable doubt, but only discussed the hung jury matter with the attorneys.

Jurors have been asked to report back to the Pitt County Courthouse Monday morning at 9:00 a.m.



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Jurors have begun their deliberations in the James Richardson double murder trial.

The panel of 10 women and two men got the case around 3:55 p.m. after receiving final instructions from the judge in a Pitt County courtroom.

The jurors have sat through 10 days of testimony and nearly a full day of closing arguments.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

Judge Rusty Duke says he will keep jurors until a "reasonable time" today.

If convicted of first degree murder, prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against Richardson.

Stay with WITN News and witn.com for more on this developing story.


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Closing arguments in the James Richardson double murder trial have wrapped up. The four attorneys in the case began at 9:00 a.m. and finished shortly after 3:00 p.m.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley during a drive-by shooting outside The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville back on June 30th, 2009.

Judge Rusty Duke is now giving jurors final instructions in the case.

An attorney for James Richardson compared the state's case to a road full of pot holes and that jurors should find the Greenville man not guilty.

Defense Attorney Tommy Moore told jurors that if Richardson was inside the white BMW, as the state claims, then why wasn't there blood found inside the vehicle. Moore noted that Richardson was beaten up outside the nightclub before the shooting.

Prosecutors say Richardson fired the shots as the BMW sped past the club after he was thrown out because of a fight. Several witnesses say they saw Richardson in the BWM.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Robb gave the first round of closing arguments for the state. She ran through what all the witnesses said, played several of the 911 tapes, and had pictures of Kirby and Blackley displayed for jurors.

District Attorney Clark Everett gave the final closing argument, lasting more than an hour. He reiterated the main points of case, and tried to fill in deficiencies pointed out by the defense.

If convicted of first degree murder prosecutors will ask jurors to give Richardson the death penalty.


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Closing arguments are now underway in the James Richardson double murder trial in Pitt County.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside of The Other Place nightclub during a drive-by shooting on June 30th, 2009.

Assistant District Attorney Kimberly Robb gave the first round of closing arguments for the state. She ran through what all the witnesses said, played several of the 911 tapes, and had pictures of Kirby and Blackley displayed for jurors.

Both of Richardson's attorneys will give their closing before District Attorney Clark Everett addresses jurors.

If convicted of first degree murder prosecutors will ask jurors to give Richardson the death penalty.


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The defense rested its case in the James Richardson double murder trial without calling the defendant to the stand.

Today was the 10th day of testimony in the Pitt County capital murder trial. The state completed it's case and Richardson's defense started calling their witnesses Wednesday afternoon.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside of The Other Place nightclub during a drive-by shooting on June 30th, 2009.

The owner of the nightclub was recalled to the stand, telling jurors that his front window was not broken before the shooting. Two defense witnesses on Wednesday testified that the window was broken before the two men were shot.

Defense attorneys called Dearl Powell, a bail bondsman and lifelong friend of Richardson's to the stand Thursday morning. He testified two men he didn't know, driving a white BMW, dropped Richardson off at his home around 7:00 p.m. on the night of the shootings. He says he loaned Richardson his bronze Cadillac that night - and says Richardson returned the keys to him sometime after 2:00 a.m.

Just before 3:00 p.m. the judge sent jurors home for the day, saying closing arguments would begin Friday morning.

If convicted prosecutors say they will seek the death penalty against Richardson.


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Today is the first full day of defense testimony in the James Richardson double murder trial in Pitt County.

Richardson is accused of killing Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside of The Other Place nightclub during a drive-by shooting on June 30th, 2009.

Defense attorney's were unsuccessful in getting testimony before the jury from a UNC Charlotte professor who specializes in memory. The professor watched three days of state witness testimony. Judge Rusty Duke ruled the woman's testimony would be unduly prejudicial in Richardson's favor.

The judge did allow jurors to learn about a plea arrangement for Cario Arrington, a state witness who said he was with Richardson that night. A court clerk testified that last April Arrington pleaded guilty to two cocaine charges, while two habitual felon charges, three other drug counts, a trespassing charge and two driving with license revoked charges were dropped.

If convicted of first degree murder the state says it plans to ask jurors for the death penalty against Richardson.


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The state has rested its case against James Richardson in Greenville.

This came on the ninth day of testimony. Now Richardson's lawyers are calling their own witnesses in the capital murder trial.

Richardson is accused of gunning down Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside nightclub on Fifth Street on June 30, 2009.

The defense's first witness was Nicholas Golden. He testified that the shooter was black man wearing a black and red baseball hat, a black t-shirt and sunglasses. Golden told jurors he is 100% sure there was a driver and the shooter in front of the white BMW, while there could have been a passenger in the back.

That contradicts at least one state witness who said he saw Richardson, who police say was wearing a white shirt, with the gun right after the shooting.

Under cross examination from prosecutors, Golden admitted he told police that the shooter was wearing a black tee-shirt. But when he replayed it in his mind Golden said in police statements that sometimes it's a red and black shirt, sometimes it's white, and sometimes it is blue.

If convicted of first degree murder the state says it plans to ask jurors for the death penalty.



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A Maryland security guard says he saw James Richardson partying with multiple women at his restaurant two days after a drive-by shooting in Greenville killed two men.

It's the eighth day of testimony in the Richardson double murder trial in Pitt County.

The Greenville man is accused of gunning down Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside nightclub on Fifth Street on June 30, 2009.

Patrick Goodwin, who was working security at the Sideline Restaurant outside of Washington, DC. says Richardson was at the restaurant the night of July 2nd. He told jurors that Richardson was dancing with multiple women, drinking top shelf liquor and rapping on the restaurant's sound system. Goodwin says one of the women was dancing on a sofa until security made her stop.

Security video from another nearby restaurant also showed Richardson inside that business earlier that evening. Richardson was arrested two days later after he turned himself in to police.

On the stand this morning, Wayne Jacobs told jurors he was at the nightclub with another man and saw Richardson there. Jacobs admitted that he had been drinking a lot that night.

Jacobs says he was outside with Kirby when he was shot, and performed CPR on Kirby after the shooting. He says Richardson called him later and asked if he was okay.

The witness told jurors he didn't tell prosecutors this until March 3rd after they showed him phone records that refreshed his memory.

Late Tuesday afternoon an SBI expert testified about DNA collected inside the white BMW that prosecutors say was used in the murders. The agent says she found Richardson's DNA on the exterior of the steering wheel, on a water bottle and on a drink cup straw.

If convicted of first degree murder, prosecutors say they'll seek the death penalty against Richardson.


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A SBI agent says five shell casings found at the murder scene, one found on the back of the white BMW, and two others collected a month before at another Greenville nightspot all were fired from the same gun.

Today is the beginning of the third week in the James Richardson murder trial in Pitt County.

The former basketball star is accused of gunning down Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside The Other Place nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Called to the stand this morning was Sam Crotts who manages Pastimes Billiards. He told jurors that he remembered Richardson firing a gun off in his parking lot in May 2009.

Crotts told jurors he picked up three shell casings after Richardson left and later gave them to Greenville police when he recognized Richardson from the media after his arrest for the murders.

SBI agent Scott Jones says all the shell casings found at the murder scene and on the back of the BMW were fired from the same gun, a Hi Point .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun.

Jones says two of the three shell casings found outside Pastimes were fired from that gun as well.

Monday afternoon a retired SBI agent told jurors that he was in Charlotte in 2007 conducting a mortgage fraud investigation and ran into Richardson.

Timothy Parker testified he was at the home and Richardson had a Hi Point semi-automatic .45 caliber handgun. The retired agent says he checked to see if the gun was legal and then gave it back to Richardson. Parker says Richardson was not involved with his investigation.

If convicted of first degree murder, prosecutors say they plan to seek the death penalty against Richardson.


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A police officer says he found murder suspect James Richardson's prints on the white BMW that prosecutors say was used in the murder of two Greenville men.

The information was presented during the sixth day of testimony in the Richardson capital murder trial in a Pitt County courtroom.

Richardson's defense attorneys say finding his prints in the car was not surprising because he had borrowed it from a friend a few days earlier . Defense attorneys pointed out that 10 prints that didn't match up weren't sent to the state's fingerprint database for analysis until about three weeks ago.

Richardson is charged with the drive-by shootings of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside The Other Place nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Police say the shootings happened after Richardson was thrown out of the nightclub after a fight.

On the stand this morning, Officer Wyatt Coltrain told jurors he took multiple finger and palm prints off the vehicle and he matched some of them to Richardson.

Testimony has already been introduced from witnesses who said they saw Richardson get a gun out of the BMW's trunk, while another witness says he saw Richardson holding the gun out the car's passenger window after the shootings.

The state could wrap up its case against Richardson soon.


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A woman who was with double murder suspect James Richardson the night of the murders in downtown Greenville was called by the prosecution to testify at his trial Thursday. Richardson is accused of killing Landon Blackley and Andrew Kirby in June 2009.

Latoya Boyd told jurors she's talked with Richardson's defense team since the summer of 2009, but says the first time prosecutors interviewed her was two days ago.

Boyd told jurors she was at the Other Place nightclub with Richardson that night, and says when Richardson got into a fight, they were thrown out, along with Richardson's brother Andre and his friend Cario Arrington.

Boyd says when Richardson got kicked out of the nightclub for fighting, he began arguing with the bouncers outside and was knocked to the ground, dropping his phone. She says he got up and walked off, while she stayed and picked up his phone. "The next thing I remember is gun shots, I saw Cario with his yellow shirt over his shoulder, he took off and I then start running."

Boyd says she ran to her car and followed Arrington, who was driving a white Cadillac, to their friend Damion's house. She says when she pulled up, Arrington, Richardson's brother Andre, and Damion were all there. Richardson's defense attorney asked, "You never saw Andre from the time you heard the shots til you were standing with Damion?" Boyd answered "no" and then described piling into Damion's car to pick up Richardson on Bancroft Avenue, one street over from his mother's home. She said Richardson was mad and asked her to drive him to Raleigh where they stayed the night in a hotel.

Two Greenville police officers with the forensic services unit also testified Thursday, one describing finding a spent shell casing on the back window of the white BMW parked in front of Richardson's mother's home the next morning.

Another officer testified five more shell casings were found at the scene. He says some were nickle and some were copper, but says they were all 45 caliber shell casings - and could have been fired from the same automatic weapon.

Testimony will continue Friday.


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Another person says they saw James Richardson threaten employees at a nightclub where minutes later a drive-by shooting killed two men.

Richardson is charged with the drive-by shootings of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside The Other Place nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Police say the shootings happened after Richardson was thrown out of the nightclub after a fight.

Vidal Thorpe testified this morning that he saw Richardson at the nightclub that night, heard him say "I'll be back" and then a few minutes later says he saw Richardson holding a gun out of the front passenger-side window of the white BMW as it was driving away.

Thorpe said he just came forward with this information two weeks ago. When asked by a defense lawyer why it took him so long, Thorpe said because he thought there were plenty of witnesses that night and figured officers would contact him if needed.

Earlier this morning Greenville officer Dennis Grimsley testified that the owner of the club came up and gave him a spent bullet round.

Grimsley testified that he put it in his pocket because he was doing crowd control. He said he later gave it to another officer when he was leaving the scene.

Asked whether the club owner showed him where the bullet was found, Grimsley said no, because he was doing crowd control.


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The roommate of Andrew Kirby told jurors this afternoon that he saw James Richardson pull out a gun from the trunk of a white BMW after threatening bouncers at The Other Place nightclub.

Richardson is charged with the murders of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside the nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Jeff Sealey was the latest group of witnesses prosecutors called today in attempts to tie Richardson to the double murders.

Sealey testified that he heard Richardson say, "I'm going to come back and kill you" to bouncers who had thrown him out of the 5th Street nightclub after a fight. Sealey said after he saw Richardson get into the BMW and drive the wrong way down the street, he ran to a friend's house to call 911. Later Sealey says he called Kirby's cell phone and detectives told him he had died.

On the witness stand this morning two women told jurors they saw a tall black man in a white shirt get into a white BMW, minutes before the drive-by shooting.

Carmen Kellum testified that she and friends were walking home and saw the tall black man wearing a white shirt get into a white BMW. The woman told jurors the car then drove the wrong way on Reade Street and onto 5th Street.

Kellum says the car stopped in front of The Other Place and someone in the car started shooting.

Another witness Tuesday morning, Rachel Burke, testified that she saw a tall black man in a white shirt arguing with bouncers outside The Other Place. That man was pushed to the ground, got up, saying "I'll be back," and made a gun motion.

Burke says she went to her truck, and saw in her driver's side mirror a man in a white shirt open the trunk of a white BMW, pull out a gun and then get in the car. She said that car then drove the wrong way down the street.

If convicted of first degree murder Richardson faces the possibility of the death sentence.


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Testimony will resume for a third day Tuesday in the double murder trial of James Richardson. He's charged with killing Landon Blackley and Andrew Kirby outside the Other Place nightclub in June of 2009.

First on the stand Monday was Ronnell Peterson, the man who let Richardson borrow a white BMW investigators say was used in the shooting. Peterson said he knew Richardson owned a gun, but didn't see it with him when Richardson picked up the car.

Several other witnesses followed including a friend, Cario Arrington, who says he and Richardson drove to the Other Place nightclub in the BMW the night of the shooting and met Richardson's brother Andre. Arrington testified Richardson got into a fight and they got kicked out of the Other Place and that Richardson took off running. He testified the next thing he saw was the white BMW drive by and he heard shots.

Other witnesses testified they saw Richardson at the nightclub that night but didn't see the fight or the shooting.



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The trial of James Richardson resumed Monday morning in a Pitt County courtroom.

The prosecution continues questioning witnesses from its list Monday. Called to the stand this morning was Ronnell Peterson, who told jurors he loaned his white BMW to Richardson.

On Friday Darren Kennedy testified that he fought with Richardson in the Other Place Nightclub the night of the murders. Kennedy told jurors that when he came out of the nightclub shots were fired from a passing BMW on Fifth Street.

Shannon Tyndall, who works at the Other Place, says she saw the altercation with Richardson. Tyndall told jurors she recognized Richardson from high school.

Richardson is charged with the murders of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside the nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

If convicted of first degree murder, Richardson could receive the death penalty.



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The mothers of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley were the first to testify in the James Richardson double murder trial.

Laura Blackley showed the court a picture of her son, before becoming emotional on the stand. Jurors then were shown the picture.

Pama Kirby then followed, she too becoming emotional as she showed a picture of her son to the court, before it was shown to jurors.

Defense lawyers did not question the two women.

Richardson is charged with the murders of Kirby and Blackley outside the Other Place Nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Next on the stand was Darren Kennedy. He told jurors that he got into a fight with Richardson at the Other Place and Richardson was thrown out first. As he was leaving, Kennedy says a white BMW came by and shots were fired out a right side window.

After Kennedy was cross examined by Richardson's attorneys, the judge recessed court until Monday morning.

Prior to testimony and opening statements the judge ruled on one motion and deferred ruling on another.

After a conference at bench for 20 minutes with lawyers, Judge Rusty Duke announced in court that he wouldn't move on one motion until a more appropriate time. He said the other motion was to exclude evidence of previous use of the alleged murder weapon on or about May 2009. The judge denied that motion.


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Jury selection for the James Richardson murder trial is now complete. It took four days to select the 12 jurors and three alternates.

Richardson is charged with the murders of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside the Other Place Nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Of the twelve main jurors, ten are women, two are African American, one is Hispanic, and another a Pacific Islander.

The alternates are two white men and an African American man.

Alternates are picked in case any of the other jurors have to be dismissed or excused during the trial. Alternates don't deliberate unless they replace one of the other jurors.

The judge told the jurors to return Friday morning at 11:00 a.m.


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Twelve jurors have now been selected for the James Richardson double murder trial in Pitt County.

Wednesday was the third day of jury selection in the capital murder case. Lawyers still must pick three alternate jurors for the panel.

Judge Rusty Duke told jurors already picked to go home and return at 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

Ten of the twelve jurors are women, two are African American, one is Hispanic, and another a Pacific Islander.

Richardson is charged with the murders of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside the Other Place Nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Richardson turned himself into police a few days after the fatal shootings. He has maintained his innocence since being charged with the murders.


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A superior court judge has denied a move to delay the James Richardson murder trial and later in the day a motion to move the trial.

Lawyers for the Greenville man, who is accused of killing two people on a downtown street nearly two years ago, wanted his trial put on hold. This as jury selection began Monday morning in the trial.

Richardson is charged with the murders of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside the Other Place Nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Richardson turned himself into police a few days after the fatal shootings. He has maintained his innocence since being charged with the murders.

His lawyers asked Judge Rusty Duke for a delay because the Richardson family has retained a new attorney to assist with the case, plus they say they have received a lot of new discovery material from the state. That includes a new statement from a witness that said another person may have been there when the shooting happened, plus a new package of phone records and cell phone tower information to go through.

Richardson's lawyers also said there should be a delay because there's forensic evidence, like gun shot residue and fingerprints, that have yet to be analyzed.

District Attorney Clark Everett told the judge that waiting until the day of trial to request another attorney is not right. Everett said Richardson asked for a speedy trial and thinks the state should give him one.

The move came as a handful of potential jurors had been dismissed for various reasons.

Judge Duke also denied another defense motion to move the trial out of Pitt County. The judge had earlier ruled there weren't sufficient grounds to move the trial because of media publicity.


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Jury selection is underway in Pitt County Court for the double murder trial of James Richardson.

Richardson is charged with the murders of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley outside the Other Place Nightclub on Fifth St. in Greenville in June 2009.

Richardson turned himself into police a few days after the fatal shootings. He has maintained his innocence since being charged with the murders.

A juror pool is 200 people were brought in today, and 300 on Wednesday, if needed.

Security is extreme heavy, with four deputies in court, and another four helping with crowd control and security.

Pitt County Sheriff Neil Elks told WITN security at the courthouse will be increased during the trial. "We recognize there has been a lot of interest from both sides, so therefore we are taking measures to be well prepared for the event that may arise during that time or the interest of the public at that time," Elks said.

In court today, Richardson is wearing a navy suit, blue shirt and striped tie.

During the time leading up to Richardson's trial, his lawyers have made several motions that have been denied, including a motion for a change of venue and a reduction in bond.

Richardson was accused of assaulting a a Pitt County detention officer in January 2010. He was moved to Central Prison in Raleigh after that incident.

If he is convicted, Richardson could face the death penalty.


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