Closing arguments set for Thursday in police officer’s manslaughter trial

Closing arguments in the bench trial of a Southport police officer charged in the shooting death of a mentally ill teen were delayed Wednesday for the court to hear arguments for jury instruction. Bryon Vassey, 46, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 18-year-old Keith Vidal, a mentally ill teen diagnosed with schizophrenia. […]

Police open homicide investigation after gunshot victim dies

Detectives with the Wilmington Police Department have opened a homicide investigation after a shooting victim died in the hospital over the weekend. Lavar Demond Riley Jr., 32, of Wilmington, died Saturday from an injury he sustained in a shooting reported the day before, according to police spokeswoman Cathryn Linsday. The shooting happened in the 1000 block […]

Wilmington man sentenced to 11 years for rash of break-ins; wife faces trial

A Wilmington man has pleaded guilty to a rash of home break-ins in the Pine Valley area of Wilmington over a period of two years, District Attorney Ben David said. David Andrew Cox, 44, pleaded guilty Monday in New Hanover County Superior Court to charges of first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, breaking and […]

Man sentenced to more than four years for pawning family members’ property

Steven Anthony Callihan

A Brunswick man charged with breaking into his family members’ homes and trying to pawn off their property in Wilmington pleaded guilty this week in New Hanover County Superior Court. Steven Anthony Callihan, 28, of Bolivia, pleaded guilty Monday to charges of four counts of obtaining property by false pretenses and one count of felony […]

Psychiatrist testifies mentally ill teen had “risk for violence” when he was shot by officer

A psychiatrist testified 18-year-old Keith Vidal was experiencing “serious” symptoms of his schizoaffective disorder and had a “very high risk for violence” on Jan. 5, 2014, before he was fatally shot by a Southport police officer. The second week of Bryon Vassey’s voluntary manslaughter bench trial concluded Friday with witness testimony from Moira Artigues, a […]

Vassey trial: Stun gun expert testifies for defense

The taser that was first deployed on 18-year-old Keith Vidal before he was shot and killed by a Southport police officer was the center of a defense witness’ testimony Thursday in Brunswick County Superior Court. The bench trial on a voluntary manslaughter charge against Bryon Vassey resumed Thursday, after Judge Richard Brown adjourned court on […]

Court adjourns in Bryon Vassey bench trial for “legal issues”

The bench trial in Bryon Vassey’s voluntary manslaughter case has been delayed a day after the judge ordered court to adjourn Wednesday morning. State prosecutors and Vassey’s defense team met with Judge Richard Brown outside the courtroom for nearly an hour today. When the judge returned to the courtroom, Brown said based upon their discussion […]

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