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Guevera Trial to Stay in Johnston County

Posted March 18, 1996 6:00 a.m. EST

— March 19, 1996 - 11:21 a.m. EST

The murder trial of Angel Guevera will not be moved from Johnston County, but residents of another county will decide the case.

Superior Court Judge Knox ruled that the trial would stay in the county, but he said jurors would be brought in from neighboring Nash County.

Knox also ruled that prosecutors may use a statement made by Guevara when he was arrested in New York City on charges of killing Deputy Sheriff Paul West.

West was shot to death Sept. 11 when he went to Guevara's home to confirm his address for another police department. Lt. Ronald Medlin was with West and was critically wounded.

SBI agents arrested Guevara and brought him back to North Carolina after the shooting. He admits the shooting in the statement, but defense lawyer Tommy Manning had tried to keep the statement out of evidence. Copyright ©1996 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or distributed.