Death penalty trial underway in Raleigh, first in two years

Armond Devega is accused killing two people, and injuring another in a Raleigh robbery and shooting spree in 2008.
February 24, 2014 2:07:44 PM PST
The first death penalty cases in Wake County in nearly two years got underway Monday in Raleigh.

The trial itself is expected to last two months because it involves multiple crimes. Armond Devega is accused killing two people, and injuring another in a Raleigh robbery and shooting spree in 2008.

One of the victims was Stephanie Anderson, who was a clerk at a Trawick Road convenience store.

Police claim Devega ambushed her when she opened the store one morning, then shot and killed her when she couldn't get the safe open.

He's accused of killing another man he allegedly met in jail, and shooting a third man during another robbery.

Devega, who turned down a plea deal for life without parole, wrote a letter to a Wake County judge that was talked about in court Monday. In it he complains about one of his attorneys.

The judge gave Devega the opportunity to tell him more about the letter criticizing his attorney, but Devega decided not to.

One of the prosecutors in the case says he expects their evidence to last at least six weeks. One of the defense attorneys suggested it could be mid-May before the jury gets the case.

If Devega is sentenced to death, he would be the first person in Wake County to receive that fate in nearly seven years.

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