Alleged nursing home shooter wants trial moved

January 21, 2010 9:00:00 PM PST
Robert Kenneth Stewart - the man accused of a shooting rampage in a Carthage nursing home last March - wants his trial moved out of Moore County.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Superior Court Judge James Webb told lawyers Stewart they must make the request by May.

The judge also denied a request by prosecutors to start the murder trial early this fall. Prosecutors plan to seek the death penalty.

The 46-year-old Stewart is accused of killing seven patients and a nurse. Stewart's estranged wife worked at the nursing home but was unhurt after locking herself in a room.

The rampage ended after Stewart and a Carthage police officer were wounded after exchanging gunfire.

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