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Mays To Be Tried in Wake County

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RALEIGH — The man charged with fatally gunning down twopeople including a Raleigh police officer will be tried in Wake Countyafter all.

Kawame Mays is charged with the shooting death of Detective Paul Hale, 35, and Michael Walker, 37.

Mays' lawyers had claimed that he won't get a fair trial in WakeCounty because of media coverage of the case.

Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens didn't agree. Stephens did,however, give Mays' attorneys two more months to prepare for trial oncapital murder charges. Jury selection is now expected to begin no soonerthan May 4.

Mays has admitted he shot Hale,but says he never would have fired the shot if he'd known Hale was an officer.

Hale was in plain clothes the day he died.

Mays is 19 and from New York. If convicted, he could face the deathpenalty.

Officials have said Walker was shot in the head July 11 on Rock QuarryRoad as he drove away from a drug deal gone bad. About 12 hours later,Hale was shot in the head as he approached Mays, who was sitting in aparked car.

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