Plea deal falls apart for Raleigh home invasion suspect
Posted March 17, 2014
Updated March 18, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County prosecutor trying two men in a series of Raleigh home invasions withdrew at the last minute Monday afternoon an offer for one of the defendants.
Shabar Marshall, 17, was in the process of pleading guilty to six charges – including first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, felony larceny and possession of stolen goods – in connection with two Dec. 26, 2012, home invasions when the state learned he wanted to do so under an Alford plea.
In an Alford plea, a defendant pleads guilty while maintaining his innocence but admits it is in his best interest to plea because there is sufficient evidence of guilt.
But Wake County Assistant District Attorney Boz Zellinger said he wasn't willing to offer the deal unless Marshall admitted to the crimes and said he was prepared to take the case to trial.
Marshall already faces up to 154 years in prison after he pleaded guilty March 5 to 15 charges – including kidnapping, robbery, attempted rape and attempted murder – in two other home invasions in the two weeks following the Dec. 26, 2012, cases.
In one of those cases, a man was paralyzed after being shot in the spine. Marshall also sexually assaulted the man's wife.
Monday's plea deal fell apart just hours after a judge declared a mistrial in the joint trial of Marshall and his older brother, Jahaad Tariem Allah Marshall, 27.
Jahaad Marshall was being tried on 23 charges in all four cases while his brother was on trial for the Dec. 26, 2012, charges.
Jury selection begins Tuesday in Jahaad Marshall's case. Shabar Marshall will be tried separately at a date yet to be determined.