- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

WHITEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Columbus County jury has resumed deliberations after a juror changed her mind on a murder conviction.

The Fayetteville Observer reported (https://bit.ly/1TZMJ7n) a jury in Whiteville returned guilty verdicts on murder and armed robbery charges Wednesday against 32-year-old Kenneth Harold Gore Jr.

When the guilty verdict was announced, one juror told Superior Court Judge Douglas Sasser she had changed her mind on the murder charge.

Gore is charged in the 2010 stabbing death of 77-year-old Bonnie Jean Jeanette Fowler, whose was found at her apartment in Chadbourn.

The judge ordered the jury to resume deliberations Wednesday afternoon and Thursday when no decision was reached

Prosecutor Heath Nance said the juror may have been influenced by a profanity-filled outburst from one of Gore’s family members when the verdict was announced.

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Information from: The Fayetteville Observer, https://www.fayobserver.com

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