OXFORD, N.C. (WNCN) – A Texas man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in after he was convicted of murdering an elderly couple in North Carolina.
“You have unanimously recommended that the defendant be sentenced to life imprisonment,” read Wendy Baird, the assistant clerk of courts for Granville County.
Campbell killed Jerome and Dora Faulkner during a robbery at their home in Granville County on Jan. 1, 2015.
Police believe Edward Campbell, Eric’s father, also had a role in the crimes. Edward Campbell committed suicide in jail.
Eric Campbell has maintained his innocence.
“He’s struggling with the verdict, but he’s keeping his head up because he has the confidence of someone who knows he’s innocent,” said William Durham, one of Campbell’s attorneys.
Prosecutors wanted Campbell to get the death penalty.
But, the defense argued that the murders were all Edward’s plan, Campbell’s controlling father.
“Eric had trouble being in the courtroom, this is all very stressful for him,” said Durham. “But, he’s always a very genuine person. He always struck me as someone who was honest, and I always believed him that he was innocent.”
The double murder trial that started in July, has finally come to an end three months later.
“It’s an exhausting process and we’re all tired but it was worth it,” said Durham. “We’ve always believed in Eric’s innocence. That’s why we were here. If it had taken another three months, we would’ve been here for three months more.”
Campbell’s attorney says they will continue to fight for his innocence and will raise a number of issues during an appeal.
Relatives of the Faulkner’s say they are glad it’s over to bring some closure.