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Jury begins deliberation in Raleigh murder trial

Posted August 14, 2013
Updated August 15, 2013

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— A Holly Springs murder suspect who was removed from a Wake County courtroom Tuesday after yelling at the prosecutor returned to court Wednesday and apologized.

Samuel Gideon, who is on trial for second-degree murder in the 2012 stabbing death of Eleazar Herrera, was brought back into court about 9 a.m. in restraints at the request of his attorney, Tommy Manning. But the chains were removed after he expressed regret for raising his voice and rising out of his seat during prosecutor David Saacks’ closing argument.

“I deeply apologize to the court,” Gideon said to Judge Orlando Hudson. “I was stressed out.”

The jury was not present in the courtroom to hear the conversation between Gideon and Hudson, who warned the defendant that the restraints would be brought back if he misbehaved again.

“I need for you to control yourself, Mr. Gideon,” Hudson said.

The jury returned to the courtroom to hear instructions before leaving to begin deliberation.

Samuel Gideon Murder suspect sorry for courtroom outburst

Gideon is accused of killing Herrera after encountering him at the scene of a car crash on New Hope Road on Jan. 15, 2012.

Herrera, 20, was with his cousins on their way home the morning of the crime when they noticed a wrecked GMC Envoy and stopped to help. Police said there was some kind of argument, and Herrera was stabbed.

In closing arguments, Manning said Herrera was not the good Samaritan he has been portrayed to be. He said Herrera was drunk and angry when he confronted Gideon and another man, Christopher Todd Rochelle, because he thought the pair had nearly hit his car.

But the state argued the slaying was not in self-defense. Saacks said Gideon and Rochelle had weapons; Herrera did not.

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  • 812babgirl Aug 15, 2013

    Sam is still a good man with a great heart! We all have other sides & perhaps that other side is not always in controlled. He held up well in court, even when people from Herrera family tried to push his button. Murder is not Murder, a simple minded person would say such. Sam's family & Friends will continue to support him. So what is said here really don't matter!

  • Alexia.1 Aug 15, 2013

    "Murder is Murder! --678devilish

    But it's not murder if he was truly defending himself.

  • 678devilish Aug 15, 2013

    His actions in courts also told the other side of him.

  • 678devilish Aug 15, 2013

    Stressed. It will be worsed when he walks into prison. Murder is Murder!

  • shauncooper25 Aug 14, 2013

    Hope the right decision is made. Sam has a good heart. I'll be praying for him and his family... And my prayers go out to the victim and his family as well.

  • 812babgirl Aug 14, 2013

    I have followed this story from the beginning. But the media has to get better in writing and telling the story on air! This statement here, is it true or what? It is written as if it is the gospel “Herrera, 20, was with his cousins on their way home the morning of the crime when they noticed a wrecked GMC Envoy and stopped to help.” In closing arguments, the defense attorney said Herrera was not the Good Samaritan he has been portrayed to be (by the media). He said the deceased man was drunk and angry when he confronted the defendant and another man because he thought the pair had nearly hit his car. Does this make some sense of why things happen the way that they did? Not the state argument that the slaying was not in self-defense. But the state said defendant and his friend had weapons; Herrera did not. What the state failed to mention there was 4 men beating one. All I’m saying is get it right or attempt to do a better job in reporting this trail.

  • 812babgirl Aug 14, 2013

    I pray that the jury make the right decision and look at the facts of the case!

  • Alexia.1 Aug 14, 2013

    I honestly have no idea whether this fellow was truly defending himself or not, but I definitely cannot blame any person for wanting to scream at the prosecutors. I've watched several trials in Wake County and those folks seem to make statements that are not entirely true, and sometimes they are outright lies. Prosecutors are supposed to work for justice, but misleading the jury is not justice.

  • Relic Aug 14, 2013

    "I was stressed out." Duh...you think?

  • wayneboyd Aug 14, 2013

    All I ask is PLEASE don't screw this one up. We taxpayers can't afford any more shoddy trial lawyers and public defender
    blunders.