Order puts Pitt Co. murderer one step closer to possible new trial

Antwan Anthony

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – An order filed Tuesday puts Antwan Anthony one step closer to a discussion about a possible new trial.

Anthony was convicted in the killings of three Hustle Mart employees in Farmville in 2012.

The attorneys for Anthony filed a motion to get a new trial for Anthony soon after his early April conviction. That motion alleges a juror was improperly influenced from overhearing outside the courtroom what a Pitt County Sheriff Office employee was saying to a bailiff about what should happen to Anthony.

On April 21st, a Pitt County Superior Court judge ordered the same judge who presided over Anthony’s trial to hear the motion. Filed on Tuesday with the Pitt County Clerk of Court was the order by the judge who will review the request. The order signed by Judge Robert Hobgood on April 22nd shows an evidentiary hearing will be held, but it’s unknown when according to the Pitt County District Attorney’s Office. The order gives time for attorneys for both sides to prepare for the hearing. It also preserves surveillance footage, both inside and outside the courtroom from Anthony’s trial.

Since Anthony requested court-appointed attorneys for the trial, Judge Hobgood orders those attorneys to request that they remain his attorneys for the hearing.

The schedule for the hearing will be signed once there is input from all of the parties involved.


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