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Murder trial postponed

Some 100 jurors who were scheduled to appear in Pike superior court this week got a reprieve when Judge Christopher Edwards was forced February 9 to postpone the murder trial of Adrian O’Neal Thompson. Thompson, 64, is charged with shooting 47-year-old Mark A. McCullough to death on April 14, 2008. McCullough was shot in the chest with a shotgun while in the apartment of Sonya Lough at Piedmont Ridge in Zebulon. McCullough died in the apartment. Thompson faces charges of felony murder, malice murder, aggravated assault and cruelty to children. Several kids were in the apartment at the time of the killing. The trial was postponed after Thompson’s public defender, Tammy Jacobs, demanded a jury trial on whether or not her client’s vision, hearing and mental competency are adequate for him to receive a fair trial. Judge Edwards said, once such a jury trial demand is made, he must grant it despite the fact he had ordered considerable high tech equipment brought into the courtroom for the trial to aid the defendant’s hearing and vision.

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