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Trial for Woodleaf man accused of 2014 murder of neighbor set to begin this week

Trial coming up

Destin Lamar Sloan

By Shavonne Walker

shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com

SALISBURY — Three years after his July 2014 arrest, Destin Lamar Sloan will go on trial this week on charges of killing his neighbor after an argument.

Sloan was arrested on July 13, 2014, and charged in the murder of Kerry Gray. The two neighbors had argued before the shooting, which occurred in the driveway of Sloan’s Maria Lane home, not far from Gray’s home at 185 Deb St., also in Woodleaf.

Authorities said Sloan left the area with his child, who was in his home at the time of the shooting, but returned shortly. It is believed he took the child to the mother’s home.

Investigators searched Sloan’s home and seized 16 grams of crack cocaine, $1,000 and a rifle. They also seized two handguns from Sloan’s vehicle, a 2005 Mercury Grand Marquis. He was initially in the Rowan County jail under no bond.

Sloan had been awaiting trial after getting out of jail on bond. He was wanted earlier this month for failure to appear in court on the charge of second-degree murder. Sloan turned himself in Aug. 8 at the Rowan County Magistrate’s Office.

Jury selection began Monday afternoon. The trial is expected to last through the end of the week.

Contact reporter Shavonne Walker at 704-797-4253.

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