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Donald Frye to stand trial for 2017 murder of Sheila Godfrey

SALISBURY — Jurors are being selected this week in the murder trial of a Kannapolis man accused of killing 53-year-old Sheila Godfrey, whose body was ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jurors find Abbitt, Albarran guilty of 2016 murder

SALISBURY – Less than two hours after deliberations started, jurors on Wednesday found Sindy Lina Abbitt and Daniel Real Albarran guilty of murder in the ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Final testimony heard in Abbitt, Albarran murder trial

SALISBURY — Jurors heard the last testimony Monday in the murder trial of Sindy Abbitt and Daniel Albarran, who face life in prison if convicted ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Murder trial: Jurors watch emotional video in which mother points out daughter’s killers

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Jurors watched a video in which an emotional Mary Gregory saw the two people she is “100 percent sure” ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Murder trial: Defense attempts to poke holes in police investigation

SALISBURY — During much of Thursday afternoon’s testimony, defense attorneys tried to poke holes in the investigation of the 2016 murder of Lacynda Feimster. Defense ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Emotional testimony opens trial in 2016 murder of waitress

SALISBURY — In emotional testimony Wednesday, Mary Gregory cried as she recalled seeing her daughter, 38-year-old Lacynda Feimster, murdered in front of her. Gregory was ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Trial to begin for Salisbury pair charged in 2016 murder of Lacynda Feimster

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — A Salisbury pair charged in the May 2016 murder of longtime O’Charley’s waitress Lacynda Feimster will go on trial ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Darius Abel, James Robinson guilty of 2014 murders, sentenced to life in prison

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Two men will spend the rest of their lives in prison after jurors on Friday found them guilty of ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Prosecutor says evidence puts defendants at crime scene; defense disagrees

SALISBURY — Rowan County Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler said Thursday that the evidence in the 2014 murders of a Spencer man and his uncle ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Attorney says Darius Abel has alibi; murder trial to continue

  SALISBURY — Darius Abel, one of two men on trial for the 2014 murders of two Spencer men, says he has an alibi, his attorney ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Investigators testify in murder trial about collected evidence

SALISBURY — Local and regional investigators testified in court Thursday about the evidence they collected, stored and examined in the October 2014 double murders of ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Kenneth Abel testifies against cousins in murder trial

SALISBURY — Kenneth Abel testified Wednesday to corroborate statements that he and two cousins went to the home of Antonio “Tony” Walker in October 2014 ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Murder trial: Family says man later ID’d as Kenneth Abel killed 2014 murder victims

SALISBURY — In tearful testimony, Jasmine Walker recounted the night in 2014 when three masked men walked into her family’s Spencer home and shot her ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Manslaughter plea in toddler’s death does not end investigation

SALISBURY — A murder suspect has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, but prosecutors and police are not done in their pursuit of justice for ... Read more

3 years ago by Elizabeth Cook.

Man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of toddler Malaya Heun

SALISBURY — A man charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 death of 15-month-old Malaya Heun of Kannapolis pleaded guilty today in Rowan County Superior ... Read more

3 years ago by Elizabeth Cook.

Casey Parsons has first court appearance on murder charges; Sandy Parsons returned to Rowan

SALISBURY — Clad in a khaki Rowan County-issued jail jumpsuit, handcuffs and shackles, Casey Parsons was escorted before a Superior Court judge Wednesday evening for a first ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Marlene Johnson guilty of 2013 murder, sentenced to life without parole

SALISBURY — After less than two hours of deliberation Wednesday, the jury found Marlene Postell Johnson guilty of first-degree murder in the brutal 2013 killing ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Murder verdict: Guilty

Marlene Johnson found guilty of first degree murder. Upon hearing verdict of guilty of 1st degree murder, Johnson fell to the ground. The judge made ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Closing arguments made in Marlene Johnson murder trial

SALISBURY — Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook summed up what she and her team have been building up to in two weeks of testimony ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Marlene Johnson mistakes teen for Shirley Pierce in threatening 2013 text message

SALISBURY — Marlene Postell Johnson mistakenly sent a text message in July 2013 to a 15-year-old making threats against someone she thought was Shirley Goodnight Pierce. ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

DNA evidence seized during Shirley Pierce murder investigation belongs to accused killer Marlene Johnson

SALISBURY — No fingerprints or DNA were found on a knife blade that was lodged in the neck of Shirley Goodnight Pierce, who detectives say ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Marlene Johnson murder trial recap: Trial resumes Friday

SALISBURY — The winter weather interrupted the murder trial of Marlene Postell Johnson, but testimony is scheduled to resume at 10:30 this morning. Johnson, 65, faces life ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Medical examiner: ‘Shirley Pierce died a painful death’

SALISBURY — Shirley Goodnight Pierce suffered a painful death when she was stabbed so violently the knife used by her killer broke off in her ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Rowan Detective: Marlene Johnson had dozens of injuries on her hands, arms, legs

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — A day after Shirley Goodnight Pierce was found dead inside her Kannapolis home, the woman Rowan County investigators say ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Salisbury teen gets 20 years in Virginia murder

RICHMOND, Va. — A former teen gang member from Salisbury was sentenced Wednesday to serve 20 years in prison for fatally shooting and trying to ... Read more

4 years ago by Staff Report.

Rowan investigator: Items found inside Marlene Johnson’s vehicle belonged to Shirley Pierce

SALISBURY — A Rowan County investigator testified Thursday that he seized several personal items that belonged to Shirley Goodnight Pierce from a Hyundai owned by ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Rowan County investigator testifies on blood, other evidence collected at 2013 murder scene

SALISBURY — Jurors listened Wednesday as Rowan County Sheriff’s Office investigator David Earnhardt detailed how he collected evidence while investigating the 2013 beating and stabbing ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Testimony turns emotional on first day of Marlene Johnson murder trial

SALISBURY — Emotions were high in court Tuesday on the first day of testimony as jurors heard from the fiance of Shirley Goodnight Pierce about ... Read more

4 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

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