By Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) - A judge has denied a request from the suspect in a New Hanover County murder case to dismiss his attorney.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports (https://bit.ly/1XjcAGi) Superior Court Judge Charles Henry said after reviewing the materials, he found Nashid Porter showed no acts or omission that would indicate public defender Jennifer Harjo wasn’t competent to represent him.

The judge’s ruling came on Thursday.

Porter is charged with killing 32-year-old Brian Grant in July 2012. He is also charged with killing Obediah Hester in Duplin County in 2014. Hester was to be a witness against Porter in the New Hanover County trial. Porter was being electronically monitored at the time.

New Hanover District Attorney Ben David says Duplin County prosecutors plan to seek a death sentence if Porter is convicted.



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Information from: The StarNews, https://starnewsonline.com

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