Trial Date Set For NC Nursing Home Fatal Shootings Case

CARTHAGE, N.C. (AP) -- A jury has been selected in the trial of a man accused of killing eight people at a Carthage nursing home in a 2009 shooting rampage.

Opening statements in the trial of Robert Stewart are scheduled for Monday morning in Carthage. Stewart is charged with murder in the slayings the nursing home where his estranged wife worked. Seven nursing home patients and a nurse were killed.

It took nearly two weeks to select 12 jurors and four alternates for the case. Jury selection took place in Stanly County because of the widespread publicity around the case. But the trial itself will take place in Moore County, where the nursing home is located.

Stewart's lawyers plan a defense based on claims of limited mental capacity at the time of the shootings.


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