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Change-of-venue request denied in Bassett murder trial

Posted May 7, 2008
Updated May 8, 2008

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— A Superior Court judge denied a request Wednesday to move the trial of a Johnston County woman charged with killing her boyfriend.

Assistant District Attorney Paul Holcombe, who is prosecuting Tiffany Ann Bassett's murder trial, asked the trial be moved out of Cumberland County because of the pre-trial publicity surrounding the case.

Bassett is accused of shooting Donald "Keith" West in July 2006.

The case had already been moved from Smithfield to Fayetteville, one of several delays in the case going to trial.

It was supposed to start in March, but a judge continued it until April 21 because prosecutors turned over a discovery file five days before the case went to court.

Last month, it was delayed again when the presiding judge recused himself for undisclosed reasons.

A new trial date is been set for June 30.

West, a former Smithfield police officer and owner of a private police security operation, was found dead in his bedroom July 18, 2006.

Bassett and West's home was under foreclosure and was scheduled to be sold on the day West's body was found inside it.

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  • K9Tucker.LoveMYcop May 8, 2008

    illegals....I am sorry for your loss. I pray that you and your family will soon have some closure.

  • illegals--GO HOME May 8, 2008

    I do hope there are no more delays bringing this evil woman to justice!! She took Keith for all that he had, thats why his house was in foreclosure. He did all he could to help her as she was the mother of his precious child, but all she did to "reward" his kindness and help was to shoot him while he slept in their home.

    My cousin deserved better and the whole family has been through the mill over his death. I do hope there are no more delays and that she gets life with no possibility of parole, though she certainly planned the whole murder ahead of time and then used her mom to help establish an alibi!!

    Tiffany, you deserve to die a horrible death for what you did, but since the prosecutor took that off the table, then you need to sit in prison every single day of your life so you won't have a chance to influence that precious little child!! She deserves a whole lot better than you as her mother....