Prosecution rests in Jakiem Wilson murder trial
Posted July 3, 2008 2:12 p.m. EDT
Updated July 3, 2008 3:13 p.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — After three days of graphic testimony, Wake County prosecutors on Friday rested their case against Jakiem Wilson in the death of his wife.
Nneka Wilson, 24, was found stabbed to death inside her 6637 Eagles Crossing Drive home on Feb. 12, 2007. She had been dead for up to 16 hours before Jakiem Wilson called 911.
Jakiem Wilson claimed at the time to have been out of town when she was killed. He said he found her dead on the kitchen floor, along with the message, "Your (expletive) is dead. You're next," scrawled in her blood.
Superior Court Judge Henry Hight ruled Monday that Wake County deputies lacked probable cause to search the house after the stabbing last year, so none of the evidence seized in the search can be introduced during the trial.
Also Monday, Hight denied a defense motion to suppress Jakiem Wilson's statements to investigators.
The trial is set to resume next Monday, when the defense will present their case. Lawyers on Wilson's team had not announced by Thursday whether he would take the stand.
Two other men, Jamie Russell Holder, 18, of 1418 Old Buck Horn Road in Garner, and Roderick Ryan Howell, 17, of 1337 Hodge Road in Knightdale, have been charged with being accessories after the fact of murder in the case.