TRIAL WATCH: Timeline Of James Richardson Trial

Here is a timeline of events in the shootings of Landon Blackley and Andrew Kirby and the subsequent trial of James Richardson:

June 30, 2009 - It was in the early hours of a Tuesday morning when shots rang out in front of The Other Place nightclub in downtown Greenville. Witnesses reported seeing a white BMW drive off. Kirby, a manager of nearby Michaelangelo's Pizza and Blackley, an ECU Student, were killed.

Police said the shooting stemmed from a fight inside the club that did not involve the two victims. Police begin searching for James Richardson, a J.H. Rose graduate and former professional basketball player.

July 4, 2009 - Accompanied by his mother, Dorothy, Richardson turned himself in to Greenville police. He would be held without bond at the Pitt County Detention Center.

January 4, 2011 - After a year and a half of delays, Judge Rusty Duke denied Richardson's lawyers request for a change of venue. His lawyers claimed Richardson could not get a fair trial in Pitt County because of intense media coverage.

March 14, 2011 - Jury selection in the Richardson double murder case began. It would take four days to pick the 12 member panel, ten women and two men, plus three alternate jurors.

March 18, 2011 - Testimony began with the mothers of Andrew Kirby and Landon Blackley taking the stand. Testimony would last 10 days. Richardson himself did not take the stand.

April 1, 2011 - Following closing arguments, the jury received the case and began deliberations around 4:00 p.m.

April 6, 2011 - In their fourth day of deliberations the jurors returned their decision around 2:40 p.m. James Richardson was guilty on all charges.

After the district attorney announced he would no longer pursue the death penalty, the judge sentenced Richardson to two consecutive life without parole sentences, plus another 98 to 136 months in prison.

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