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Trial date set for accused nursing home shooter

Posted June 28, 2011

— Judge James Webb ruled on final pretrial motions Monday paving the way for a July start date for the trial of a man accused of killing eight people at a Carthage nursing home more than two years ago. 

Superior Court Judge James Webb finalized the questionnaire that will be given to potential jurors in the death penalty case.

About 750 citizens from Stanly County have been summoned to appear at the courthouse in Albermarle for jury selection starting July 11. 

Webb ruled the potential jurors would come from Stanly and not Moore County because of the extensive coverage the shootings received.

Authorities say Robert Kenneth Stewart shot and killed eight people and wounded three others, including a police officer, at Pinelake Health and Rehab on March 29, 2009.

It was a quiet Sunday morning when, police say, Stewart entered the nursing home looking for his estranged wife. Seven patients and a nurse died in the attack.

A Carthage police officer, Justin Garner, ended the rampage when he shot Stewart in the chest.


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  • sophiemom Jun 29, 2011

    Shoutntime, while I disagree with you on the death penalty (I am against that for a lot of reasons), you are spot on regarding no insanity!

  • shoutntime Jun 29, 2011

    This is a clear case where the Death Penalty should be applied and carried out. There is no insanity here, clearly thought this out enough to block the exit before going in and shooting.

  • sophiemom Jun 29, 2011

    I understand that it takes time to gather evidence, but this one is fairly staight foward. I would worry, from a prosecution standpoint, that the defence would make an issue about him not getting a fair and "speedy" trial. I've worked in mental health for many years, and I don't think this one qualifies for an insanity plea. There was too much planning here!

  • justcommonsense Jun 29, 2011

    This is one trial that I would think would be short and sweet. Lots of solid evidence in this case. And I agree short-dogg...no insanity plea here.

  • short-dogg Jun 29, 2011

    He is having a trial because it is his constitutional right. And its taking so long, because they wanna make sure this wacko does not slip thru some loop-hole in an insanity plea.

  • sophiemom Jun 29, 2011

    Why is this taking so long?

  • rackleysports Jun 29, 2011

    Why is there even going to be a trial??