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Jury Convicts Onslow County Man Of Murder

It took an Onslow County jury less than 90 minutes to convict Ryan Casler of first degree murder.

Jurors began their deliberations around 11:15 and returned with a guilty verdict around 12:40 p.m.

Casler was accused of stabbing Joseph Wells III 30 times with a knife.

In closing arguments Friday morning, District Attorney Ernie Lee told jurors Wells' death was premeditated because he grabbed a bag of clothes before he left and changed after the killing as well as hiding the weapon. Casler's attorney, Wally Paramore, told jurors his client was so intoxicated that he didn't know what he was doing and acted out of rage.

After the verdict Wells' family said they felt justice had been served. When asked before sentencing if he had anything to say, Casler said no.

Casler will receive an automatic life without parole prison sentence.


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Testimony has begun in the murder trial of an Onslow County man.

Ryan Casler is facing a first degree murder charge for the death of Joseph Wells, III. Jurors were picked Tuesday and lawyers began opening statements Wednesday morning.

Wells' body was found in a ditch near Parkertown Road and Hubert Boulevard In Onslow County back in January of 2008.

Officials say the 22-year-old victim had been stabbed 30 times in the head, chest and back.

While prosecutors say Casler is guilty of first degree murder, the man's lawyer says his client felt threatened and was too intoxicated for it to be premeditated.

Two other men have been charged in connection wtih Wells' death.


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The jury has been selected in the case of a man accused of stabbing another man to death.

Ryan Casler is facing murder charges for the death of Joseph Wells, III. Jurors were picked Tuesday and lawyers will begin opening statements Wednesday morning.

Wells' body was found in a ditch near Parkertown Road and Hubert Boulevard In Onslow County back in January of 2008.

Officials say the 22-year-old victim had been stabbed 30 times in the head, chest and back.

Dallas Bullock was also charged in Well's death, while Stephen Jacob faces accessory charges.


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