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Jury selection now in fourth week in Wake County death penalty trial

Posted March 17

Armond Devega sits in a Wake County courtroom during jury selection of his capital murder trial on Feb. 24, 2014.

— Defense attorneys and prosecutors are now in their fourth week of jury selection in the death penalty case of a Raleigh man accused of killing two people during a string of armed robberies five years ago.

Opening statements were scheduled to begin Monday in the trial of Armond Devega, but four alternate jurors are still needed in the 32-year-old's trial.

Devega faces two counts of first-degree murder in the Feb. 13, 2008, death of Anthony Dwayne Scarborough and the April 10, 2008, death of Stephanie Powell Anderson.

He also faces a charge of attempted murder in the Sept. 10, 2008, shooting of a clerk at a check-cashing business.

Raleigh police say Devega ambushed Powell as she arrived to work at a Wilco-Hess gas station on Trawick Road and then shot her after she couldn't open the store's safe.

Scarborough died during a home invasion on Tartan Circle. Investigators say the two men knew each other and that Devega might have had a grudge against him.

Police arrested Devega Oct. 24, 2008, and also charged him with nine counts of robbery in connection with the shootings as well as robberies at several convenience stores and fast-food restaurants from January 2008 to September 2008.

Testimony in the case could last up to eight weeks.

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  • ncprr1 Mar 18, 10:55 a.m.

    These guys always look so clean-cut when they finally get dragged into court. What happened to the pants hanging half way down? Disin' "the man"

  • jackaroe123 Mar 18, 9:39 a.m.

    If he were the first defendant ever to don a suit and tie, that might be relevant. As it is, it has no bearing whatsoever on whether he is guilty or not.

  • diana123 Mar 17, 2:45 p.m.

    oh like his suit and tie are going to save his behind. not hardly.