Jury Selection Begins In Carthage Nursing Home Murder Trial

Posted on Jul 20, 2011
Over two years after a fatal shooting at a Carthage nursing home, jury selection has begun in the murder trial of 47-year-old Robert Stewart.

In March 2009, Stewart walked into the Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center looking for his estranged wife, Wanda Luck, who worked as a nurse at the adult care center. He began indiscriminately shooting residents, visitors, and workers, eventually killing eight people and wounding three others. Luck hid in a closet during the shooting, while Stewart was shot in the chest by authorities at the end of the shooting rampage.

The North Carolina murder trial had to be moved to Moore County because of the wide media coverage of the case. Stewart’s attorneys plan to admit that Stewart was indeed the gunman in the nursing home shooting, but that he was not aware of or in control of his actions due to mental illness, prescription drug use, and alcohol use.

During the first week of jury selection, the attorneys on both sides of the case questioned 69 potential jurors and have selected eight so far. Questions to the potential jurors have revolved around prescription drug abuse, domestic violence, mental illness, and the death penalty.

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