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Second Suspect on Trial in Retired Teacher's Slaying

Posted January 17, 2007 5:55 p.m. EST
Updated January 17, 2007 11:00 p.m. EST

— A second suspect is on trial in connection with the shooting death of a retired Wake County school teacher.

Cameron Morris is charged with first-degree murder for the death of Shirley Newkirk. Investigators said Morris, along with Ezavia Allen and Marvin Johnson, were on a robbery spree when they encountered Newkirk outside her home on Dacian Road on April 28, 2005.

Allen, police said, shot Newkirk, who had been getting ready to meet a friend for their daily morning walk. Newkirk's husband heard the shooting and called 911. Newkirk died minutes later.

Allen was convicted of first-degree murder in Newkirk’s death and received a life sentence in November. Johnson has not yet been tried.