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Innocence attorney, DA spar over records in murder case

Posted June 16

— An innocence attorney says a district attorney in North Carolina should be held in contempt of court because he hasn't turned over complete files in a murder case.

The Gaston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/2syrZgc) attorney Chris Mumma of the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence asked a judge this week to hold District Attorney Locke Bell in contempt.

Mumma represents Mark Carver, who was convicted in 2011 of first-degree murder in the 2008 death of 20-year-old Irina Yarmolenko.

A judge ruled the two attorneys must share documents. Bell says the file is in his office. Mumma says the judge ordered the information be provided to the defense, not that she pick it up

Bell says Mumma hasn't provided Carver's medical records. She says Bell has a medical release signed by Carver.

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