- Associated Press - Saturday, January 23, 2016

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) - A Fayetteville man is going on trial for his life next month, now an uncommon occurrence in North Carolina.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1PL8BgI) the trial of 48-year-old Shawn Legrand is scheduled to begin Feb. 1. Legrand is charged with killing three people and trying to kill two others in November 2011.

The N.C. Center for Death Penalty Litigation says North Carolina had 57 death penalty trials in 2000, with 18 resulting in death sentences. The state had four capital trials in 2015 and no death sentences.

District Attorney Billy West says he’s seeking the death penalty for several reasons, including the number of people killed.

Legrand has asked the court to let him represent himself. Defense lawyer Michael Driver said he and lawyer Lisa Miles are still representing Legrand.

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

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