Man Accused Of Killing Sister, Wounding Mom Won't Stand Trial

A judge says a man who is accused of killing his sister and wounding his mother is not competent to stand trial.

Dennis Connolley, Jr. has been in jail ever since the 2007 shooting at Country Side Mobile Home Park in Onslow County.

After a competency hearing that began Monday and concluded Tuesday afternoon, Superior Judge Gary Trawick found Connolley not guilty by reason of insanity.

Defense experts testified that Connolley was not trying to hurt his sister or mother, but was trying to protect them from what he thought was condemnation he brought to the family by stealing at work and having a sexual relationship out of wedlock.

District Attorney Ernie Lee says Connolley will be sent to Butner State Hospital for treatment and could spend the rest of his life at the facility.


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  • by Outside looking In Location: Beulaville on Dec 15, 2010 at 02:12 PM
    Do you know what it is like to have a peace of mind? This is something James will never know...he is living in his own personal hell. Why do you constantly keep throwing stones....Be thankful that You have a peace of mind and also pray for the family..they need it!!
  • by Crystal Location: Washington on Dec 14, 2010 at 02:35 PM
    Bull, I agree with you! and yes anonymous, I have consumed alcohol under age (and paid my fine instead of pleading i was crazy), and I have had several traffic violations (that I also owned up to), can't say I ever stole anything unless you count I stole my wife's heart, BUT I have not killed anyone. If I had of, I would expect to pay the penalty for that also.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM
    dear This is Bull, I am gald you are perfect. You NEVER done ANYTHING wrong in your inttire life. Never stole anything, drank under age, lie to anyone, or had a traffic violation in you life. You are so perfect that you can judge people because you do or have done nothing wrong. Kudo's to you. :I
  • by This is Bull on Dec 14, 2010 at 11:56 AM
    This law should be repealed. He would fry just as well as the rest. He is a drain on society and should be done away with. He was competent enough to have a job; flip the switch.
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