Opening statements expected Monday in double murder trial in Rowan County

Opening statements expected Monday in double murder trial in Rowan County
(David Whisenant-WBTV)

ROWAN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - The trial of two men accused of murdering a man and that man’s uncle in Spencer in 2014 is expected to get underway on Monday with opening statements.

James Michael Robinson and Darius Abel were charged in the case, along with a third suspect, Kenneth Abel, Jr. Abel, Jr. pleaded guilty in September, and is expected to testify for the prosecution.

The victims in the case, 29-year-old Tony Walker and his 44-year-old uncle Junior Walker, were found on October 8, 2014, at a home on the 600 block of 5th Street in Spencer.

Portia White, Tony’s sister and Junior’s niece, says the intruders were three men wearing gorilla masks who broke into the home, demanded cash and shot the two victims.

Jury selection was completed on Wednesday of last week, but the opening statements were postponed when a member of the prosecution team was sick on Thursday and the judge had a prior commitment on Friday.

The maximum punishment could be life in prison without the possibility of parole for each count.

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