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Jury seated for trial of accused Carthage nursing home shooter

Posted July 27, 2011

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— Opening arguments are set for Monday morning in the murder trial of a man accused of killing eight people at a Carthage nursing home two years ago.

Robert Kenneth Stewart could face the death penalty if convicted of killing seven patients and a nurse at the Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center on March 29, 2009.

Stewart's lawyers have said he was under the influence of alcohol and prescription medicine and is not legally responsible for his actions.

A Carthage police officer ended the rampage when he shot Stewart in the chest.

Stewart's estranged wife, Wanda Stewart, worked at the facility as a nursing assistant. She told WRAL News that she thinks he was gunning for her because she had left him weeks before the shooting.

Jurors were chosen in Stanly County because of extensive pre-trial publicity in Moore County. The jury will be bused to Carthage every day during the trial.


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  • familyfour Jul 28, 2011

    WTH!? "Accused shooter"

    Um...when will we be able to say "the shooter" or "the murderer"?

    There are pics of him being taken from the facility. It isn't a question of whether he did it or not.

    The way the govt makes the media wrap their lips around the truth sickens me. Then it gets fed to the people.

    Give me some truth for pete's sake! Make this man pay for the bad decision of doing drugs, or whatever "made him" go shoot up a NURSING HOME.

    Don't let him off because he was "not in his right mind".

    So...if I choose to stay home and do drugs and not look after my kids and yada yada, is someone gonna come look after them and pay my bills so I can stay high?!

    All of this occurred within his ability to MAKE CHOICES. And, he did. They were BAD. As Doc Phil would say....."OWN IT!"

  • buford Jul 28, 2011

    Man..what are they feeding this guy in jail???

  • Legally Here Jul 28, 2011

    If you do something while under the influence too bad.

  • foregolf2002 Jul 27, 2011

    I believe that the defense is using the drug/alcohol approach to get a lesser charge so he won't get the death penalty. He has already admitted in court that he did commit the murders, now the defense is just trying to prove that he wasn't in his right mind. This trial is a huge waste of taxpayer money... he admitted guilt, so sentencing should be the only thing to deal with. But since the death penalty is on the line, it will go through a long and expensive trial.

  • sophiemom Jul 27, 2011

    you got it batricia!!!

  • batricia1 Jul 27, 2011

    So if i want to kill my boss just go get drunk and buy some crack and the most i could be charge with is useing drugs

  • sophiemom Jul 27, 2011

    It beats me how a defense could be made that he wasn't responsible for his actions because he was high/drunk. Using that logic, a drunk driver who kills someone would not be held liable for his actions.