Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Judge declares mistrial in Belton murder trial

WILMINGTON – Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons declared a mistrial Thursday in the first-degree murder trial of Davis Ray Belton.

Belton was charged with killing his wife at their Wilmington home last year.

After deliberating for several days, jurors told Parsons they were unable to come to a unanimous verdict Thursday, leading Parsons to declare a mistrial.

District Attorney Ben David was not immediately available for comment, nor was prosecutor Lillian Salcines Bright, an assistant district attorney who specializes in domestic violence for the DA’s office.

In Brunswick County, the third week of testimony continues this week in the first-degree murder trial of Craig Bryant.

District Attorney Jon David said Bryant and co-conspirator turned state’s witness Lora Moultrie lured Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw to an abandoned house near Ocean Isle Beach, where Bryant shot Bradshaw to death.

David and Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger rested the case for the state this week, and defense attorney Mike Willis began his defense.

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