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The Brunswick beacon. (Shallotte, N.C.) 19??-current, April 01, 1993, Page PAGE 2-A, Image 2

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Trial Date Set For First Defendant In Evans Kidnapping, Killing BY ERIC CARLSON The trial of Bradley Tyrone King, one of two defen dants charged in the kidnapping, armed robbery and murder of an Ash man last October, is scheduled to be gin in Brunswick County Superior Court May 3, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said Tuesday. King. 17. and William Earl Hill, 18, both of Shallottc, arc accused of abducting Ronald Everett Evans, 20, at gunjxtini in an attempt to steal his car. Investigators say the two later shot Evans to death on a remote dirt road near the Green Swamp because they feared he might identify one of them. King and Hill will be tried sepa- Evans rately with the second case expected to be heard by late suminci. The juiic ?s seeking uic death penally in b'.ith trials. District Attorney Rex Gore said Tuesday. The King trial is expected to last for about 2% weeks. Gore said. However, a four-week session has been scheduled. Jury selection is likely to take at least a week, said Bollinger, who will be one of two assistant DAs han dling the King case. Additional questions will be asked of each potential juror to assure that they arc willing to impose the death penalty if appropriate King and Hill nearly became the first defendants in the nation to be tried under a federal car jacking law en acted by Congress last fall, Bollinger said. Federal pros ecutors had agreed to take the case, but were forced to withdraw when they realized the incident occurred 12 days before the law was ratified. "They definitely dodged a bullet," said Bollinger. The statute imposes a mandatory life sentence against any one convicted of stealing a driver's car at gunpoint. Federal prisoners serve far longer sentences before being eligible for parole than those convicted of simi lar offenses in state courts. Meanwhile, Hill's lawyers say they will ask a judge to move their client's trial to another county be cause of pre-trial publicity. Shalloltc attorney James Payne and William Fairley of Southport have been ap pointed by the court to represent KING Hm "We believe the publicity that originally came out? particularly about Mr. Hill?was so adverse that it paint ed hnii aj being culpable in the case," said Payne. "We believe becausc of that he doesn't stand a chance of get ting a jury that is not tainted against him in Brunswick County." King's court-appointed lawyers, Michael Ramos and Stephen Yount of Shallotte, have not requested a change of venue for their trial. Ramos said Monday he is ready to proceed with the trial in Bolivia May 3. Gore said prosecutors will oppose any motion to move either trial "There was not a lot of pre-trial publicity in this case," Gore said. "1 believe a case should be tried in the county where the crime happened. My experience has been that the people of Brunswick County tend to be very fair." Bollinger said there had been some discussion of de laying the trial until the end of school to avoid fueling racial tensions at West Brunswick High School. But there has been no move to re-schedule the proceedings. Both defendants and the victim are former students at West Brunswick. Sheriff's Department investigators and the district at torney's office agree that the murder was not racially motivated. "We've found nothing to support that theory. It wouldn't have mattered what color he was," said Dctcctivc Tom Hunter, lead investigator on the case. "This was not racially motivated at all," said Bollinger. "It was simple greed. They wanted to steal a guy's car." King's lawyers have filed several pre-trial motions in his defense, including a bill of particulars, which asks that the state be required to reveal the theory under which it will prosecute the case. They have also asked for a private hearing with the judge to make a motion without prosecutors being present. In Superior Court last week. Judge Dexter Brooks de nied two motions by Payne and Fairley asking to declare the death penalty unconstitutional and requesting that capital punishment not be considered in King's case. Neither Bollinger, Gore, Ramos nor Payne would comment on their strategy for prosecuting or defending the two cases. The sheriff's department investigation indicated that Evans left his home in Ash at about 8 p.m. that Monday lo buy dinner for himself and his girlfriend at the Shallotte Burger King. Employees said they saw Evans make a purchase and walk out alone. But no evidence has been released to indicate Evans' activities after leav ing the restaurant. The next day, Evans' champagne-colored 1986 Honda Accord was found in a swampy area off a din road on the property of Bricklanding Plantation golf course. Evans was declared a missing person and an intensive search began throughout the county. Nearly a week later, on Oct. 18, a horseback rider dis covered Evans' partially decomposed body lying face down in the bushes beside a remote dirt road extending from the end of Mulberry Street. Shallotte, north to N.C. 130. He had been shot at least twice?in the leg and back?with a 9mm handgun, police said. Hill and King were arrested on murder charges a few days later. Bollinger said both men have implicated c-ach other in the killing. "They both have admitted being there, but each one claims the other one did everything while they had no idea of what was going on," Bollinger said. After questioning the two suspects, police also charged King and Hill with kidnapping and armed rob bery. The additional charges arc significant because both defendants could face the death penalty even if the evi dence fails lo establish which one pulled the trigger. Gore said during the investigation. By law, a person convicted ol commuting a felony that results in the death of the victim can also be guilty of murder no mat ter who did the killing Fires Claim Homes At Ocean Pines, ?-. ? Grissettown Towns Discuss Possibility Of Regional Sewer Plan (Continued From Page 1-A) which problem should receive the greater emphasis in a regional treat ment system. "Studies show that the primary' problems in the Shallotte River and the Lockwood Folly River come from elevaied bacteria counts," said Ocean Isle Beach Commissioner Kendall Suh. "It doesn'i take a ge nius to determine that most of that bacteria comes from septic tanks." But others said sewage treatment systems encourage more develop ment, which covers more land sur face and keeps rain water from be ing absorbed into the soil. As a re sult, more contaminants arc washed off roofs, roads and parking lots and into surrounding waters. Calabash Commissioner George Anderson said golf courses also should be considered among the types of development that increase pollutant runoff. Tombro said both wastewater and stormwater would be included in any proposal for a regional treat mcnt plan. Responding to questions about how a regional sewerage system More Rain, Mild Temps In Forecast More rain and above-average temperatures are in the forecast for the coming week across the South Brunswick Islands. Shallotte Point meteorologist Jackson Canady said Tuesday that he expects temperatures to average from the lower 50s at night up to the lower 70s during the daytime, with at least three-quarters inch of rain fall to add to the 1.34 inches he recorded from March 23-29. During that same period he re ported an average daily temperature of 61 degrees, about 3 degrees above average. That was the result of an average daily, high of 68 de grees combined with a nightly aver age low ot 53 degrees. The maxi mum high for the period was 75 de grees, recorded March 29. The min imum low of 49 degrees occurred both March 28 and 29. would be paid for, engineers for the Raleigh firm of Piedmont-Olsen Hensley outlined a stormwater man agement plan currently under con sideration in Greenville County, S.C. Officials there arc studying a pro (Kjsai to charge land owners a "stormwater service fee" that in creases in proportion to the amount of runoff generated by the develop ment Industrial plants, which typically cover large portions of land, would pay the highest fee, saiu Piedmont Engineer Pete Yakimowich. Farmers and owners of undeveloped land would pay ihe least The impact based fee would De a lairer way to charge for the stormwater manage mcnt sys-'m, he said. Philip E. Smith, another Piedmont engineer, cautioned that stricter fed eral environmental laws will require more and more counties and munici palities to develop waste and storm waiei treatment pians. Ocean Isle Beach Mayoi Betty Williamson look the opportunity at the Tuesday night meeting to dispute an assertion made by Tombro and Billups in a March 23 letter to the Calabash commissioners in which they claimed to have been "in recent contact with the mayor and utilities director at Ocean Isle Beach" to dis cuss using the town's treatment plant to serve Calabash and Sunset. "The town of Ocean Isle Beach has not entered into discussions at any time with regards to the poten tial use of the Ocean Isle Beach sewer system," Williamson said. To which Billups responded, "As I conveyed to you at a meeting yes terday morning, we have decided that is not an option we can pursue at this time." None ol the town boards formally endorsed the idea of sending the let ter to Gov. Hunt Tuesday. But nei ther did they express any strong op position to the idea. Several mem bers and mayors said they would raise the issue at their next town meeting. "The way I sec it, you don't know how you look until you have your picture taken," said Shallotte Alderman Roney Cheers. "I sec nothing wrong with sending a letter to the governor to find out." HOW TO SUBSCRIBE TO THE BRUNSWICK$fEACON POST OFFICE BOX 2558 SHALLOTTE. NORTH CAROLINA 28459 NOTICE: Reliable or consistent delivery cannot be guaranteed since this newspaper must rely on the U.S. Postal Service for delivery. We can only guarantee that your newspaper will be submitted to the post office In Shaliotte on Wednesday of the week of publication, in time for dispatch to out-of-town addresses that day. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTION RATES BY MAIL: Sr. Citizen In Brunswick County J6 30 J5.30 N C Sales Tax 38 .32 Postage Charge 3 68 3 68 TOTAL 10.36 9.30 Elsewhere In North Carolina J6.30 J5 30 N.C. Sales Tax 38 .32 Postage Charge 8 18 8 18 TOTAL 14.86 13.80 Outside North Carolina J6 30 J5 30 Postage Charge 9.65 9 65 TOTAL 15.95 14.95 Complete And Return To Above Address Name Address City, State Zip I STAf F PHOIOS BY LYNN CARLSON TWO IX)CAL HOMES were destroyed by fire last weekend. In photo above, a grease fire is being blamed for the loss of an Ocean Pines home. Below, an exploding refrigerator is believed to have start ed the fire which gutted this Grissettown dwelling. 'Green-ness' Of Golf Is Debated (Continued From Page 1-A) posium, sponsored by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the pro-environment N.C. Coastal Federation. Walters considers golf a clean in dustry that comes under more regu lations than most people think. The average homeowner can purchase chemicals in stores that can't be used on golf courses Golf courses are currently limited to about SO kinds of pcslicides and herbicides. Wallers said he had 5,000 chemicals to choose from 10 years ago. "I think the industry is at tempting to be very responsible." Nancy Sadlon, an environmental specialist for the U.S. Golf Association, said golf is changing for the better More and more devel opers are planting buffer zones along ponds and leaving wetlands alone. Golf courses take up 3.2 million acres in the United States, but only 37 percent of the land is used for tees, fairways and greens. Sadlon said more man bU percent is open meadows, grass areas, streams, marsh or wetlands. "In some cases the natural habitat docs not provide what has been cre ated or needs to be created on the golf course," she said. Besides promoiing golf, Sadlon said ihe USGA is conducting re search on turf grass, looking for va rieties that thrive without a lot of water and chcmicals. Doug Rader, senior scientist for the N.C. Environmental Defense Fund, said the slate needs more comprehensive water quality stan dards to control the chcmicals used nn its SOO golf ronrves. Rader recommended developers be required to submit plans before construction outlining how they plan to protect the environment. "In the long run, it is going to be in all our interests to do it right." An unattended pan of hoi oii be gan a fire which destroyed an Ocean Pines home near Oxpen Road early Friday, despite the efforts of fire fighters from five departments to save it The house, owned by Holdcn Beach contractor Martin Fcldt and rental to Shalloltc Burger King manager Kathy McNeill and her three children, was a total loss, ac cording to Tri-Bcach Volunteer Fire Chief Doug Todd. McNeill and her two daughters were home at the time but managed to get out of the house unharmed; her young son had already left for school, the chief added. Firefighters stayed on the scene until 10:45 quelling hoi spots which continued to flare up under the house's lap siding long after the pri mary blaze was under control. Brunswick County Emergency Management Coordinator Cecil Lo gan arranged Red Cross aid for McNeill and her children, aged 15, 11 and 10. They were provided mo tel lodging through the weekend and were given vouchers for clothing and food. "They lost everything," Logan said. "What wasn't burned was ruined by smoke and water." Todd had praise for firefighters from Civictown, Supply, Shalloltc, Calabash and Shallotte Point whose equipment and/or personnel helped extinguish the blaze, and for Coast line Volunteer Rescue Squad which stood by, though no firefighters re quired medical assistance. Two Forestry Service staffers also report ed. "Everybody did an excellent job," Todd said. "They were really worn out." A second blaze late Saturday de stroyed a home on U.S. 17 near Grissettown alter its refrigerator ex ploded, according to published re ports. No one was home at the U.S. 17 residence when the incident oc curred ahom 11 a.m. Saturday. Five volunteer fire departments respond ed quickly, but the home had been nearly engulfed by fire when they arrived. Chief Jerry Prince of the Calabash Volunteer Fire Department could not be reached for additional deiails Measure Would Allow Either (Continued From Page 1-A) begins by removing Carolina Shores "Representative Hill and I will be from Calabash effective at the end of interested to see what comes to the June, then outlines a new Calabash House. Then we'll read it and deter- governing board. The two remaining mine how we should act," Rcdwinc District 1 commissioners would ap said. "The Senate may do a lot of point three others to serve until the things. (The bill) may not pass." 1993 town election. The eight-page bill?half of In 1993, four members would be which is devoted to descriptions of elected, with the two receiving the the communities' boundary lines? highest number of votes receiving Happy What? Oh yeah. Birthday. Is that today? Oh yeah. ( guess so. You mean not everyone celebrates April Fool's Day like me? Oh well, fiuess there's no fool like an old fool!J Happy Birthday Brenda Moore! from the Beacon staff District To Split Calabash four-year terms, and the other two serving two-year terms. In 1995, three members would be elected for four-year terms, and in 1997, two would be elected for four-year terms. The measure would become ef fective if a majority of voters in ei ther district vote "FOR removal of Carolina Shores Village from the Town of Calabash" in a referendum to be scheduled by the Brunswick County Board of Elections. Other wise, the sections of the bill separat ing the town "have no force and ef fect." If the bill is approved as written, and a split is approved in the refer endum, and Carolina Shores voters favor incorporation, a five-member "village council" and mayor would be chosen at large in a nonpartisan election. The bill calls for staggered terms, with the three highest vote getters serving four-year terms and the two others serving two-year terms. A mayor would be elected every two years Until the 1993 Carolina Shores Village election is held, the current District 2 Calabash commissioners would serve as an interim governing body and would elect a mayor to serve until the election. THE BRUNSWiaC&KACON Established Nov. 1, 1962 Telephone 754 -6890 Published Every Thursday At 4709 Main Street Shallottc, N.C. 28459 SUBSCRIPTION RATES IN BRUNSWICK COUNTY One Year SI0.36 Six Months S5.55 ELSEWHERE IN NORTH CAROLINA One Year S14 86 Si* Months $7.90 ELSEWHERE IN U.S.A. One Year Si 5.95 Six Months S8.35 f ccond class postage paid at Shallottc, N.C. 28459. USPS 777 780. Postmaster, send address changes to: PO Box 2558 Shulioite, N.C. 28459 2558

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