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Opening Statements Made In Murder Trial – Brevard, NC


Last updated 11/26/2019 at 10:14am

After eight days of jury selection, the trial in the murder case of 18-year-old Saul Ayala began Friday morning, with opening statements.

Connell Dixon Hawkins, Chadley Tyrone Norris and James Alexander Ray face charges of first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Assistant District Attorney Beth Dierauf is prosecuting the state’s case, while defense attorneys Paul Welch, John Barrett and Michael Edney gave opening statements on behalf of Hawkins, Norris and Ray, respectively. Ayala was stabbed to death on Washington Av...

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