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DA removes self from Carthage nursing home case

Posted April 21, 2011
Updated April 25, 2011

—  The district attorney prosecuting the case of a man accused of killing eight people at a Carthage nursing home in 2009 removed herself from the case because of her relationship with the suspect's mother.

Robert Stewart, 47, is charged in the 2009 shooting spree at the Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Moore County District Attorney Maureen Krueger represented Stewart’s mother, Mary Frances Stewart, in 2004 when she was charged with threatening her son's life.

When Stewart's lawyers announced plans to call his mother as a potential witness, the state bar advised Krueger to remove herself from the case.

The defense said Krueger's past relationship with the defendant's mother gave her access to information that could unfairly be used against their client.

Assistant prosecutor Peter Strickland will replace Krueger on the case with help from another assistant.

Stewart is charged with eight counts of first-degree murder in the March 29, 2009, massacre. If convicted, he could face the death penalty.

The trial is set for July 11.


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  • commonsensical Apr 22, 2011

    Very misleading headline. Why does WRAL seem to frequently do their best to cast some people in a bad light?

  • lauraleigh Apr 22, 2011

    The Pilot did a bit better job reporting this. When the defense proposed to bring Stewart's mother in to testify, the Pilot reports that Krueger took the initiative to contact the State Bar. I've been very impressed with how Ms. Krueger has carried herself in the whole of this case from the day the nursing home was stormed.

  • GWALLY Apr 22, 2011

    Sounds like violence runs in this family history...