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Children plead for Cary man's life

Posted July 29, 2009

— The children of a Cary man found guilty of killing his wife six years ago tearfully pleaded Wednesday for jurors to spare his life.

Jurors convicted Myron Britt Tuesday 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.

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Britt, but they presented no additional evidence Wednesday to support their case that Britt killed his wife to collect on an $800,000 life insurance policy.

Meanwhile, defense attorneys presented emotional testimony from Britt's adult children, Brandon and Lauren.

The two never mentioned the loss of their mother but noted how important it was for them and their grandmother, Marjorie Britt, to maintain their relationships with Myron Britt. Marjorie Britt has visited her son regularly in jail over the past six years as he awaited trial, they said.

"We were a very close family,” a teary-eyed Brandon Britt said, recalling bike rides, holiday get-togethers and attending church.

Lauren Britt sobbed uncontrollably on the witness stand, prompting her father to rub his eyes with a tissue.

"I need my dad," she said when asked if she would continue her relationship with him if he were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Defense attorneys also presented evidence from Myron Britt's pastor and a few friends.

The jury was dismissed for the day shortly after noon Wednesday and was expected to return Thursday to receive instructions from the judge and begin deliberating.

The trial was the second for Britt in the slaying. 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.

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  • bcarolinabreeze Jul 29, 6:38 p.m.

    Yelena is right. Blood is thicker than water. Even though their dad is a horrible individual, I can see their point.

  • iamyeary Jul 29, 4:18 p.m.

    The family won't need to worry. It may never happen, but I still believe he should be on death row.

  • Yelena Jul 29, 3:59 p.m.

    I can understand why the children want him alive. A parent, no matter how horrible their crimes might be, is still your parent. I can understand the desire to want their father alive, even if he's in jail, over being an orphan. Death of a parent, even a horrible one, is difficult to contemplate.

  • Granny Jul 29, 3:55 p.m.

    Only God & this man know the truth....God will be his final Judge....praying for his soul, and strength for his children & Mother.

  • HereswhatIthink Jul 29, 3:49 p.m.

    If this man is truly guilty - then he should be sentenced to the fullest. I wonder if she was "pleading for her life" before she was shot to death. I bet if her children were present at the time, they too would have been pleading for him not to kill their mother.

  • robbins Jul 29, 3:44 p.m.

    Excuse me, but how did visiting his home help them determine where he was 6 years ago? Did the walls talk?

  • Alabama01 Jul 29, 3:37 p.m.

    Tough love buddy .. eye for an eye and goodbye!

  • babyboomer47 Jul 29, 2:50 p.m.

    He took the life of his wife-his children's mother- for her life insurance benefits! He is a cold blooded murderer.

  • csswisher Jul 29, 2:42 p.m.

    don't know about this guy - he seems so mild-mannered, but clearly animals are formed from "nice" guys......he will have to pay the piper I guess for what he did.

  • whatelseisnew Jul 29, 2:27 p.m.

    Save us the money. Use an ounce of lead on this guy.