Trial begins for Raleigh brothers linked to violent home invasions
Posted March 10, 2014
Raleigh, N.C. — Jury selection began Monday 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.
Jury selection is expected to last about a week with opening statements and testimony beginning Monday.
According to indictments and search warrants, the alleged crimes all took place during the nighttime hours with the brothers holding victims in at least three of the four cases against their will and robbing them of personal property, including a gun that police linked to the Oakwood case.
The Dec. 26 cases occurred at homes on Toccopola Street and Hatton Way while the Dec. 30 case happened at a home on Sherry Drive.
The victims of the Jan. 7 home invasion on East Lane Street were the only ones shot and sexually assaulted
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.