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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  • by richardson=scum Location: DC on Apr 11, 2011 at 08:02 PM
    Richardson got what he deserved and should be lucky he didn't get the death penalty. We need to keep these good for nothing thugs of our street
  • by proud2beblack on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:53 PM
    this is in response to michael who made the comment abt converting to islam and playing ball with his equals. ive got a question for u: how many slaves do u own? it is very clear to see that u are full of racism. let justice prevail u racist pig!
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      by proud2bewhite on Apr 8, 2011 at 04:10 AM in reply to proud2beblack
      This is in response to "proud2beblack"... Who made the comment about race. You did. I have a question for u: How many members of your family owned slaves? Blacks owned slaves too ya know ;) Also... did you know this little fact: Blacks were SOLD to counties all around the world. Guess who the sellers were (blacks). Also, for the record: The slavery count of whites (and middle easterners) exponentially outnumber the total number of black slaves in the history of this planet. have a great day! :)
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        by me on Apr 8, 2011 at 01:20 PM in reply to proud2bewhite
        Well now, it sounds as if you feel good about yourself by stating that blacks purchased other blacks out of slavery. You state that you are proud to be white. Why? Was it you or GOD who created you? People, please get away from these attitudes of superiority. When you complain or are dismayed when people embrace Islam only once that have been put in jail, then why is it that you celebrate those who turn to Christ when they are incarcerated. Who is worst, the people of color who cannot believe that Mr. Richardson is guilty because he too is a person of color, or those who believe he is guilty, simply because he is a person of color and they are not. I would like to be a fly on the wall when they are trying to explain their position to GOD on the Day of Judgment. me
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          by proud2bewhite on Apr 9, 2011 at 04:20 PM in reply to me
          Are you serious? Do you not recognize my blatant sarcasm and satire? I created the name "proud2bewhite" purely to point out the reverse racism. Sorry that this concept escaped you.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 09:23 AM
  • by Anonymous on Apr 7, 2011 at 06:07 AM
    And you go back to third grade to learn to spell.
  • by Arrogance and Disdain on Apr 7, 2011 at 05:35 AM
    Ode to Truth, Those who root for killers to go free will one day have to face that God as well.
  • by Truth Location: Greenville on Apr 6, 2011 at 10:43 PM
    When all is said and done the truth will prevail and all of the ones who held the truth back will answer to GOD. Many think they have power in this world and have nothing but an illusion of power. Very soon the truth about all of this will come out and all of the corruption will be exposed within this community...
  • by ECU Student Location: gville on Apr 6, 2011 at 09:42 PM
    I think none of this would have ever happened, or happen again if ECU would buy out all the gutter neighborhoods 1-2 miles around campus, on Charles from sheets to Food Lion and to Evans. If these hoods weren't so close "these" type of people wouldn't be able to walk downtown or to campus.. ECU and Gville has to clean the area around campus up
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      by JLBUM on Apr 7, 2011 at 10:08 AM in reply to ECU Student
      you act like people for low income neighborhoods are the only people that commit crimes.just last year someone was killed at pirates cove the person who did that was not from the as you call them"gutter neighborhoods. If the city and ECU was to clean up the some of the neighborhoods around the campus there still will be crimes committed.
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        by DM on Apr 7, 2011 at 03:48 PM in reply to JLBUM
        The truth is hard to swallow. Those neighborhoods are HOODS full or problems. Poor/rich whatever. CLEAN UP THE TRASH
  • by Mother Location: Greenville on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:19 PM
    I feel so sorry for the mothers and families of the victims ,but also for Mrs. Richardson she has also lost her son.. And for his children who now have to grow up without their father.. When there wasnt enough evidence. And I am white ,but race shouldn't matter. Fair is fair no matter how you look at it.
  • by Bonnie Location: Raleigh, NC on Apr 6, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    The loss of two lives...two innocent victims of a tragic shooting... James Richardson needs mental health help...Thank goodness he is off of the streets, and will not kill another person again!!!!!
  • by Gibran on Apr 6, 2011 at 07:37 PM
    I am overwhelmingly saddened to see the stark response and vile perspectives I am witnessing as I read all these dispicable comments that you guys are puttin down here. I myself grew up in the area and I'm now outside of NC but heard about J. Richardson's incident all the way across the country. First off, my condolences to the 3 families involved...both the victim families and the fact that a man, regardless of his guilt or innocence is now (in all intents and purposes) dead. Now his life begins with someone governing his actions, dictating his freedom and his life begins for survival amongst the walking dead. I pray that all of you, YEP YOU TOO, consider the type of actions that we are speaking on and to call people "monsters" and peices of garbage and all that other non-sense you've been saying REALLY makes you seem as though you are judging. Don't you think the 2 judges he's gotta deal with have dealt him enough?!? Who gives us the right to manage whether he dies or not, we kill him then find out he didn't do it -then who's the murderers. I think he will get his in the end, it's not on us to make the determination as to whether he is innocent or guilty. Let he who has not sinned cast the first stone. let's not be ridiculous and lets not forget that the streets of Greenville need to be cleansed from the heinous nature that it's currently in. Don't be ignorant people. One death is too many...

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