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Meck DA: We're taking a record number of murder cases to trial

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray says he plans to triple the number of homicide cases taken to trial in year 2014, compared to how many went to trial when he took office three years ago.

"We must do better," said Murray. He said the office has focused on efficiency and bringing justice to more families in a timely manner.

He pointed to several positive changes implemented during his time in office.

Murray said it's been a great benefit for assistant district attorneys to attend the homicide scenes. "It works well because we have eyes on the scene. We get to see the lighting, we get to see the situation, the area," he said.

He said it's allowed police and prosecutors to work better together in evaluating the evidence and discussing the strengths and weaknesses of a case.

Murray has also pushed the state to allow for more court time and judges. He said the office will double and triple book some courtrooms, so time isn't wasted if there is a cancellation or problem with a case.

He's also partnering more experienced assistant district attorneys with newer ones to help "build up the bench."

Murray said the new system is working. He inherited a backlog of 162 cases. He expects the number to dip below 100 by the end of the year.

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