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Jeffrey Acker found guilty in baseball bat murder

Published: Mar. 29, 2021 at 10:32 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 30, 2021 at 5:10 PM EDT
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NEW BERN, N.C. (WITN) - A judge sentenced a Vanceboro man to serve nearly 40 years in state prison for killing a woman with a baseball bat.

After deliberating for two days, a Craven County jury convicted Jeffrey Acker of second-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and larceny of a motor vehicle.

Carolyn Patterson was killed in 2018 with the bat, according to testimony.

After hearing a week of testimony, jurors deliberated about nine hours over two days. They came back with their verdict shortly before 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.

Patterson was the landlord for Acker’s parents. They lived in a mobile home behind the woman’s home on Mill Street in Vanceboro.

Judge John Noble sentenced the man to between 38-1/2 years to just over 47 years in prison.

Acker will be 83-years-old before he is eligible for release from prison, according to prosecutors.

TUESDAY MORNING UPDATE

Jurors said they have questions about evidence in a Craven County murder trial.

The 12 men and women failed to reach a verdict Monday afternoon in the case against Jeffrey Acker and they returned to the jury room Tuesday morning.

The Vanceboro man is accused of killing his neighbor with a baseball bat in 2018.

According to police bodycam footage shown to jurors last week, Acker admitted to killing 68-year-old Carolyn Patterson with the bat.

Patterson was the landlord for Acker’s parents. They lived in a mobile home behind the woman’s home on Mill Street in Vanceboro.

Shortly before noon, jurors were brought back into the courtroom and told by the judge that all the evidence had been presented in the case and there would be no further evidence.

The judge told the jurors it was now their job to decide guilt or innocence for Acker.

If convicted, Acker could get up to life in prison without parole.

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