Wells said his client had a hearing scheduled Monday in Moore County Superior Court on the murder charges, but that wasn't held because the county grand jury was meeting. That grand jury indicted Stewart Monday afternoon.
The day he allegedly opened fire, relatives say Stewart was targeting his estranged wife, who worked at the Pinelake Rehab and Health Center.
Carthage residents say they are still shaken up by the nursing home rampage that took the lives of eight people.
Two weeks after the shooting spree, a flag is still at half staff at the facility and churches around the town are still displaying white ribbons in remembrance of those who died.
On Easter Sunday, residents were able to reflect on what happened.
"I think people have been trying to adjust and I've noticed a lot of people that weren't talking to each other previously, are now coming closer," resident Dan Steadman said. "Very unbelievable for this area because it's such a nice and decent community,"
In all, eight people were killed.
Stewart was stopped by a lone officer who responded to the call for help. Carthage police Officer Justin Garner shot Stewart in the chest, ending the March 29 assault