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‘A mistake I will truly regret forever’: Men acquitted after going armed to Pender family’s home

Monica Shepard, wearing all black at right, talks to neighbors as Pender County Sheriff’s deputies’ vehicles are parked behind them. (Port...
On Friday, Regina Ripa appeared in New Hanover County Superior Court for a hearing to find her not guilty in the murder of her husband and Serpentarium owner, Larry Dean Ripa, (Port City Daily photo / Benjamin Schachtman)

Insanity ruling ends the sad final chapter of Sepentarium owner, killed by his wife

WILMINGTON --- After a quiet, hour-long hearing on Friday afternoon, Regina Ripa was ruled not guilty by reason of insanity, and will be transferred...