- Associated Press - Saturday, March 19, 2016

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - A Charlotte man is acting as his own attorney in his murder trial.

Todd Boderick’s trial has taken another strange twist. The Charlotte Observer reports (https://bit.ly/1pSM6kB ) that for the first time in North Carolina a judge will decide if Boderick is guilty.

Superior Court Judge Robert Sumner made the decision Wednesday after a potential juror accused Boderick of robbing her boyfriend in front of the rest of the jury pool. Boderick and prosecutors had already asked for a bench trial earlier in the week.

Boderick didn’t make an opening statement, telling the judge he didn’t know how. He has an attorney he can consult nearby.

Authorities say Boderick beat his 6-month-old daughter to death in 2012.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, https://www.charlotteobserver.com

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