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Trial date set for accused nursing home shooter

Posted June 28, 2011 5:33 p.m. EDT

— Judge James Webb ruled on final pretrial motions Monday paving the way for a July start date for the trial of a man accused of killing eight people at a Carthage nursing home more than two years ago. 

Superior Court Judge James Webb finalized the questionnaire that will be given to potential jurors in the death penalty case.

About 750 citizens from Stanly County have been summoned to appear at the courthouse in Albermarle for jury selection starting July 11. 

Webb ruled the potential jurors would come from Stanly and not Moore County because of the extensive coverage the shootings received.

Authorities say Robert Kenneth Stewart shot and killed eight people and wounded three others, including a police officer, at Pinelake Health and Rehab on March 29, 2009.

It was a quiet Sunday morning when, police say, Stewart entered the nursing home looking for his estranged wife. Seven patients and a nurse died in the attack.

A Carthage police officer, Justin Garner, ended the rampage when he shot Stewart in the chest.