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Cary man convicted in wife's slaying

Posted July 28, 2009

— A jury on Tuesday convicted a Cary man for the death of his wife six years ago.

Jurors deliberated for Monday afternoon and much of Tuesday before finding Myron Britt guilty of first-degree murder in the August 2003 shooting death of his wife, Nancy Britt. The Wake County teacher was killed at her sister's Robeson County home.

A June 2006 trial ended in a mistrial when the jury deadlocked 11-1 in favor of conviction.

During the three-week retrial, jurors heard about ballistics evidence connecting a handgun Myron Britt once owned to a bullet recovered from his wife's body. The jury also visited Britt's former Cary home to check out his alibi that he was home the night his wife died.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Britt, and the sentencing phase of the trial is set to begin Wednesday.


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  • Professor Jul 29, 2009

    May she rest in peace.

  • Professor Jul 29, 2009

    May God be with him in prison. Justice was served.

  • WRALblows Jul 29, 2009

    "As to people who say it's inequitable, maybe too many people are getting off rather than too many convicted."

    Yes because we need to support the for profit prison system with as many convictions as we can get - guilty or not. Over zealous prosecution is our friend. Defense Attorneys are not.

  • WRALblows Jul 29, 2009

    Somehow I expect this conviction will be overturned on appeal. From what I've heard of the handling of the case it seems the police did a really bad job.

    And what's with this: "The jury also visited Britt's former Cary home to check out his alibi that he was home the night his wife died". Care to elaborate on how a jury can verify an alibi by visiting his former residence 6 years later? What were they looking for? I'm not saying it isn't possible, I'm just saying it deserves explanation.

    The information clearly isn't all that was presented in court, but what has been presented in the media sure leaves reasonable doubt.

  • rcrdngcountry Jul 29, 2009

    take a life in cold blood, be ready to give yours. i would like
    to see the death penalty back in force 100%.

  • Justabum Jul 28, 2009

    Lab Mom, why would you not believe that a Robeson County jury could deliver a guilty verdict?

  • celong Jul 28, 2009

    I guess I should say any time is better than no time that this man was found guilty but our justice system stinks at times and does not support victims or victim's families. Wake up someone.

  • miseem Jul 28, 2009

    As a strong supporter of the appropriate use of the death penalty and a family member of a murder victim (my father was robbed & murdered for a grand take of $17 fourty years ago), given the current state of death cases, I think it's a waste of money to pursue a death sentence in this case. Since it takes 15+ years to get a sentence carried out, and I assume Mr. Britt is at least in his mid 50's, the state could spend hundreds of thousands of dollars over and above his upkeep due to appeals, probably to see him die a natural death in prison. This would not be my preferred solution, but that's the way the system is now. Personally, I don't care what your upbringing was like, evidence shows you murdered someone in cold blood, you die. As to people who say it's inequitable, maybe too many people are getting off rather than too many convicted.

  • Lab mom Jul 28, 2009

    And the "good old" people should. If you kept up with this case there was doubt and plenty of it. Perhaps if the police had done their job in the first place they would have the right person convicted. College degree has nothing to do with it.

  • FE Jul 28, 2009

    Lab mom, I'm not sure I see your point about the "Robeson County" jurors.

    Fact is that except for one ringer on the first jury, the other 23 jurors voted for conviction based upon the allowable evidence presented in the courtroom during the two trials.

    I long ago learned that you do not need to have a college degree and/or do not have to live in a fancy home to be blessed with good ole common sense. The generally fine citizens of Robeson County might just take offense at some of your implications.