In Iredell County, Andrew Ramseur is on trial for the 2007 shootings of Jennifer Vincek and Jeffrey Peck. Ramseur’s attorneys have admitted that he pulled the trigger, but contend that it was not first-degree murder because Ramseur did not intend to kill. The defense has presented evidence that earlier on the day of the crime, Ramseur smoked a marijuana cigarette he did not know was laced with PCP. The PCP, in combination with a brain injury Ramseur suffered months before, could have reduced his ability to plan, control, and understand the consequences of his actions.
Presumably the jury will be given the choice between finding Mr. Ramseur guilty of first-degree murder or a lesser offense, such as second-degree murder. If convicted of first-degree murder, Ramseur could face the death penalty.