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NC appeals court orders new trial in murder case

Posted October 15, 2013

— The North Carolina Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a man convicted of killing four people in Columbus County because the man's defense attorney should have been able to dismiss a juror after the trial began.

The three-judge panel ruled unanimously Tuesday in favor of Danny Lamont Thomas, who is serving life in prison without parole for the deaths of three people in a home and fourth during a robbery in 2005.

The opinion says a juror in Thomas' trial told a court official she knew a state's witness from high school. The trial judge asked the juror questions but later denied a defense request to excuse the juror.

The appeals court ruled Thomas had preserved his right to use a pre-trial juror challenge to dismiss her.

Thomas, who is in Central Prison in Raleigh, also was convicted of killing Joseph Ralph in Durham on July 16, 2005.

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  • dickiefromdixie Oct 16, 2013

    Tax dollars at work? No, justice at work!!!
    Why write laws if emotion will rule?
    the judge

  • dontstopnow Oct 15, 2013

    unbelievable is all I can say. This man killed several people and now getting a new trial. Tax dollars at work.

  • katzpauz Oct 15, 2013

    Jury of your Peers....the courts seem to think it means a jury of dumbies that don't know anything, don't know anybody, and never had anything happen to them or anyone they know.....

  • dollibug Oct 15, 2013

    So I am wondering IF they will *APPEAL THIS APPEAL* also, as was done with Brad Cooper Appeal.

  • 75Tarheel Oct 15, 2013

    Guilty then, guilty now, and guilty again. He will never see the light of day as a free man. This is his "death sentence".