A Bladen County jury has sentenced John Franklin Hester to life without the possibility of parole for the murder of Randolph Hughes. Jurors deliberated for several hours before deciding not to give Hester the death penalty. He addressed them, saying, “I want to thank you for sparing my life.”
Attorneys for both sides are expected to give closing arguments today in the guilt/innocence phase of Myron Britt’s second trial for the 2003 murder of his wife, Nancy. Britt was first tried in 2005, but the jury could not reach a unanimous decision. If Britt is convicted, he could face the death penalty.