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Medical examiner says murdered barber stabbed 3 times

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Local barber Altereck Shields, who was reportedly stabbed to death in 2016 by a man he got into a ... Read more

1 year ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jurors find Donald Frye guilty in 2017 murder of Sheila Godfrey

SALISBURY — Jurors on Tuesday found a Kannapolis man guilty in the murder of Sheila Godfrey, whose body was found face down on the kitchen ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Closing arguments made in Donald Frye murder trial

SALISBURY — In his closing statements Monday, defense attorney Tom King asked jurors if they could believe three of the state’s witnesses, all of whom ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Sheila Godfrey’s blood found on Donald Frye’s shoes, jury told

SALISBURY — A forensic biologist testified Wednesday that Sheila Godfrey’s blood was found on shoes that belonged to Donald Frye, who is on trial for ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Former cellmate testifies against Donald Frye

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — According to a former cellmate, Donald Frye said he was haunted by Sheila Godfrey and admitted to selling her ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Rowan detective shows jurors electrical cord used to kill Sheila Godfrey

SALISBURY — Donning black latex gloves, Rowan County Sheriff’s Office Detective Chad Moose walked in front of jurors Monday and showed them the electrical cord ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Witness reveals details of the night of Sheila Godfrey’s murder

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Two people who lived at Donald Frye’s Kannapolis home in April 2017 testified Friday that he drove near Lyerly ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Laundromat surveillance video shows Donald Frye in murder victim’s vehicle

SALISBURY — Surveillance cameras at the Speedwash Laundromat recorded Donald Lee Frye driving Sheila Godfrey’s white Chevrolet Blazer on April 27, 2017, a former Rowan ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

In murder trial, Donald Frye accused of beating, strangling Sheila Godfrey

SALISBURY — Jessica Lind testified in court Wednesday that the day she discovered the body of her mother, Sheila Godfrey, she had had a feeling ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Donald Frye to stand trial for 2017 murder of Sheila Godfrey

SALISBURY — Jurors are being selected this week in the murder trial of a Kannapolis man accused of killing 53-year-old Sheila Godfrey, whose body was ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Jurors find Abbitt, Albarran guilty of 2016 murder

SALISBURY – Less than two hours after deliberations started, jurors on Wednesday found Sindy Lina Abbitt and Daniel Real Albarran guilty of murder in the ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Final testimony heard in Abbitt, Albarran murder trial

SALISBURY — Jurors heard the last testimony Monday in the murder trial of Sindy Abbitt and Daniel Albarran, who face life in prison if convicted ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Murder trial: Jurors watch emotional video in which mother points out daughter’s killers

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Jurors watched a video in which an emotional Mary Gregory saw the two people she is “100 percent sure” ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Murder trial: Defense attempts to poke holes in police investigation

SALISBURY — During much of Thursday afternoon’s testimony, defense attorneys tried to poke holes in the investigation of the 2016 murder of Lacynda Feimster. Defense ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Emotional testimony opens trial in 2016 murder of waitress

SALISBURY — In emotional testimony Wednesday, Mary Gregory cried as she recalled seeing her daughter, 38-year-old Lacynda Feimster, murdered in front of her. Gregory was ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Trial to begin for Salisbury pair charged in 2016 murder of Lacynda Feimster

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — A Salisbury pair charged in the May 2016 murder of longtime O’Charley’s waitress Lacynda Feimster will go on trial ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Darius Abel, James Robinson guilty of 2014 murders, sentenced to life in prison

By Shavonne Walker shavonne.walker@salisburypost.com SALISBURY — Two men will spend the rest of their lives in prison after jurors on Friday found them guilty of ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Prosecutor says evidence puts defendants at crime scene; defense disagrees

SALISBURY — Rowan County Assistant District Attorney Paxton Butler said Thursday that the evidence in the 2014 murders of a Spencer man and his uncle ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Attorney says Darius Abel has alibi; murder trial to continue

  SALISBURY — Darius Abel, one of two men on trial for the 2014 murders of two Spencer men, says he has an alibi, his attorney ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Investigators testify in murder trial about collected evidence

SALISBURY — Local and regional investigators testified in court Thursday about the evidence they collected, stored and examined in the October 2014 double murders of ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Kenneth Abel testifies against cousins in murder trial

SALISBURY — Kenneth Abel testified Wednesday to corroborate statements that he and two cousins went to the home of Antonio “Tony” Walker in October 2014 ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Murder trial: Family says man later ID’d as Kenneth Abel killed 2014 murder victims

SALISBURY — In tearful testimony, Jasmine Walker recounted the night in 2014 when three masked men walked into her family’s Spencer home and shot her ... Read more

2 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Manslaughter plea in toddler’s death does not end investigation

SALISBURY — A murder suspect has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge, but prosecutors and police are not done in their pursuit of justice for ... Read more

2 years ago by Elizabeth Cook.

Man pleads guilty to involuntary manslaughter in death of toddler Malaya Heun

SALISBURY — A man charged with first-degree murder in the 2014 death of 15-month-old Malaya Heun of Kannapolis pleaded guilty today in Rowan County Superior ... Read more

2 years ago by Elizabeth Cook.

Casey Parsons has first court appearance on murder charges; Sandy Parsons returned to Rowan

SALISBURY — Clad in a khaki Rowan County-issued jail jumpsuit, handcuffs and shackles, Casey Parsons was escorted before a Superior Court judge Wednesday evening for a first ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Marlene Johnson guilty of 2013 murder, sentenced to life without parole

SALISBURY — After less than two hours of deliberation Wednesday, the jury found Marlene Postell Johnson guilty of first-degree murder in the brutal 2013 killing ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Murder verdict: Guilty

Marlene Johnson found guilty of first degree murder. Upon hearing verdict of guilty of 1st degree murder, Johnson fell to the ground. The judge made ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

Closing arguments made in Marlene Johnson murder trial

SALISBURY — Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook summed up what she and her team have been building up to in two weeks of testimony ... Read more

3 years ago by Shavonne Potts.

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