GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Lawyers for a man sentenced to death for killing three convenience store workers are seeking a new trial, saying jurors overheard a sheriff’s office employee comment on what should happen to the man.
Multiple media outlets report that the motion says jurors could hear a public information officer for the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office talking loudly to bailiffs during the trial of 33-year-old Antwan Andre Anthony.
Anthony was sentenced to death April 5 after being convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of three people working at a convenience store near Farmville in April 2012.
His attorneys are seeking a new trial or a new sentencing hearing.
The motion says Assistant District Attorney Clark Everett learned of the comments and reported them to Anthony’s attorneys.