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Trial date set in slaying of North Hills mother

Posted April 17, 2014

— A trial date has been set for the capital murder case of a 30-year-old woman who was savagely attacked in her North Hills apartment last year.

The suspects in the slaying of Melissa Huggins-Jones will be tried March 2 in Wake County Superior Court. Ronald Lee Anthony of Raleigh, Travion Devonte Smith of Raleigh, and Sarah Rene Redden of Wake Forest were indicted on charges of first-degree murder.

Smith and Anthony could face the death penalty if convicted. Redden intends to plea and testify against the other suspects, attorneys said.

Huggins-Jones, who had recently moved to Raleigh from Tennessee, was killed May 14 in a homicide that shocked the North Hills community. An autopsy determined she died from repeated, savage blows to her head and neck.

A construction worker discovered her body after her 8-year-old daughter approached a crew working at the apartments and asked for help.


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  • jenjengirl89 Apr 17, 2014

    Since March is already past, is the trial March 2 of 2015?

  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Apr 17, 2014
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    I guess the 8 year old daughter has most likley returned to TN with her father; I hope she is able to find happiness after such a horrible tragic event. Awful crime.