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Former Lee County D.A. On Trial For Alleged Plot To Kill Wife

Posted October 13, 2003

— Jury selection began Monday in the trial of a former Lee County district attorney accused of plotting to have his wife killed.

Bill Huggins, who came to court with his wife, Kathy, by his side Monday, is charged with solicitation to commit murder and embezzlement of state property.

Melissa Davis claims she had an affair with Huggins, and she claimed he told her about a plan to have his wife killed.

"I could very easily go to the door and ring the doorbell. She would let me in. She would turn her back or I could overtake her. [I would] shoot her with the gun he gave me and make it look like a robbery," Davis said in a WRAL interview last year.

Authorities say Huggins gave Davis a pistol that was once evidence in a Lee County murder trial.

The trial was moved from Lee County to Johnston County because of Huggins' standing in the community. A visiting judge from Alleghany County will preside over the case. Two representatives from the state Attorney General's Office will prosecute the case.

Huggins declined to comment Monday about the case. More than 50 witnesses are expected to testify for the trial, including Huggins' former boss, District Attorney Tom Locke.

Cameras are not allowed in the courtroom or around the courthouse. The trial is expected to last one or two weeks.

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