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Mays To Be Tried in Wake County

Posted December 16, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— The man charged with fatally gunning down two people including a Raleigh police officer will be tried in Wake County after 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 Wake County 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 on capital murder charges. Jury selection is now expected to begin no sooner than 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 death penalty.

Officials have said Walker was shot in the head July 11 on Rock Quarry Road 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 a parked car.