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New date set for Smithfield murder trial

Posted August 22, 2008

— After a series of delays, Tiffany Ann Bassett is to stand trial Monday in Cumberland County for the 2006 shooting death of her boyfriend in Johnston County.

Donald "Keith" West, was found dead in his bedroom July 18, 2006. Bassett is charged with first-degree murder.

Bassett's trial was scheduled for March, but a judge continued it because prosecutors turned over a file to defense lawyers five days before the case was to go to court.

In April, the trial was delayed indefinitely when the judge, E. Lynn Johnson, recused himself for undisclosed reasons.

Publicity in the case forced the court to change the trial venue from Johnston County to Cumberland County. 

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  • AMHall82 Aug 22, 2008

    All I will say is that I would like all of you who believe in prayer to PLEASE pray for justice for Keith & his family. If for no other reason, think of his little girl; she deserves it. For those of you who don't believe in prayer, please still do something positive to affect this child's life, visit http://www.west-tek.net for information on how to contribute to a trust fund in her name.