Mays Admits Causing 2 Deaths
Posted May 3, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — In an unexpected development, Kawame Mays admitted in open court that he caused the deaths of a Raleigh detective and another man last July. But Mays' attorneys argue that the events do not constitute first-degree murder.
Mays is charged in the deaths of Michael Walker in the early morning of July 11, and of detective Paul Hale later that same day.
Mays says he shot Walker as Walker was driving away, and that the act was one of trying to scare Walker, not to injure or kill him. In regard to Hale, Mays' attorneys say he did not realize Hale was a police officer, that instead Mays' thought he was someone who had come for revenge following Walker's death.
Hale and another Raleigh officer had found Mays sitting in the backseat of a car, from which Hale was fatally shot.
The Mays' trial began today with the interviewing of 67 prospective jurors.