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$15M verdict against killer means closure for family, recovery from potential book deal (access required)

That murder victim Jimmy Lee Blevins' family will never recover any of the $14.96 million judgment entered earlier this month in a wrongful-death action against his killer isn't a foregone conclusion, according to the family's attorney. "I've heard about a few chapters of a book and rumors of a movie deal in the works," Crumpler attorney David Jolly (pictured) told Lawyers Weekly. The killer, Freddie Hammer, is only two murders short of Charles Manson, he said. "He's a cold-blooded psychopath," Jolly said. "He never showed any remorse to the Blevins family."

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Criminal Practice – Murder – Circumstantial Evidence – Witness’ Prior Statement – Hearsay – Subsequent Acts – Motion to Continue – Expert Evaulation (access required)

State v. Banks. (Lawyers Weekly No. 11-07-0218, 36 pp.) (Sanford L. Steelman Jr., J.) Appealed from Buncombe County Superior Court. (Mark E. Powell, J.) N.C. App. Click here for the full text of the opinion. Holding: The state presented evidence ...

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Criminal Practice – Murder – Acting in Concert – Rape & Robbery – Miranda Warnings – Jury Selection – Prosecutor’s Arguments – Death Penalty – Mitigating Factors (access required)

State v. Waring. Defendant's statement that he was "not going to snitch" was not a clear invocation of his Miranda rights; therefore, the police were not required to cease their questioning of defendant. No prejudicial error in defendant's conviction of first-degree murder or in the sentence of death.

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