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Opening statements scheduled in Oakwood home invasion trial

Posted March 12, 2014

Jahaad Marshall, left, and Shabar Marshall appear in a Wake County courtroom for an arraignment March 3, 2014.
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— Attorneys wrapped up jury selection Wednesday in the trial of two brothers accused in a series of violent home invasions in Raleigh more than a year ago, including one in which a woman was sexually assaulted and her husband left paralyzed from a gunshot wound to the spine.

Jahaad Tariem Allah Marshall, 27, and Shabar Master Marhall, 17, were arrested following the Jan. 7, 2013, home invasion in Raleigh's Oakwood district and were later connected to three other similar cases – two on Dec. 26 and one on Dec. 30.

Each brother faced the same charges, but Shabar Marshall pleaded guilty last week to 10 of them – including attempted murder, first-degree sexual offense and attempted rape – in the Jan. 7 case, as well as five in the Dec. 30 crime. He still faces six felony charges in the Dec. 26 cases.

His brother has pleaded not guilty to 23 charges – including first-degree burglary, first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

Opening statements and testimony are scheduled for Monday.

Shabar Marshall – already serving eight to 12 years in prison after being convicted in November of a similar crime – faces a minimum of 154 years in prison for the charges he pleaded guilty to last week. He will be sentenced following his current trial.


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