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Thursday, March 27, 2014

No verdict yet

They have been deliberating since 2:30 p.m., but the 12 men and women charged with determining the guilt or innocence of one of four men charged with murder in connection with the Sept. 9, 2012, death of 16-year-old Kennedy McLaurin...

City planning to offer trolley rides downtown

Goldsboro residents had a chance to try out a new way of getting around downtown today. A trolley bus, modeled to look like a streetcar, ferried people around downtown, starting at City Hall -- an experiment on a possible new...

The witnesses

Defense witness No. 1: Goldsboro Police Department Det. Dwayne Bevell -- Bevell told the court, after being handed a DVD by defense attorney Charles Gurley, that the disk was dated "9/21/2012" and had the name "Kevin Smith" written on it....

Tensions high in Joyner case

Tensions spilled over outside the courthouse during the lunch recess, when supporters of the Leonard Eugene Joyner incited a verbal altercation with members of Kennedy McLaurin Jr.'s family. Deputies poured into the parking lot to defuse the situation. No punches...

The circus is in town

Ashton Rarick, 34 months old, was all smiles Wednesday night as he and his mom, Erica Rarick, of Goldsboro rode an elephant at the evening performance of the Cole Brothers Circus of the Stars at the Wayne County Fairgrounds....

Defendant says he was scared, acted to protect himself

Kennedy McLaurin Jr. died by his own hand. And it was the fear of nobody believing that fact that prompted Leonard Eugene Joyner to flee the scene of a deadly shooting -- with the 16-year-old's body still in the...

Majesty earns judges' plaudits

Goldsboro was in the spotlight on "American Idol" Wednesday night as contestant Majesty Rose shared a bit more about her hometown. The Top 9 continued their race to the finale in the national competition, with the show's band moved...

Jury to begin deliberations soon

The 12 Wayne County residents charged with determining the guilt or innocence of one of the four men arrested in connection with the alleged Sept. 9, 2012, murder and kidnapping of Kennedy McLaurin Jr. will begin their deliberations at 2:30...

Live from the courtroom -- Joyner on trial

Follow all the action unfolding in Courtroom No. 1, as the state attempts to convince a Wayne County jury that Leonard Eugene Joyner is guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree kidnapping in connection with the 2012 death of 16-year-old Kennedy...