Court of Appeals Reversal of Quadruple Homicide Trial Decision

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October, 2013 from W. James Payne Law Firm: Danny Thomas, convicted of the first degree murders of four individuals in Columbus County, North Carolina, won a new trial by a unanimous decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals on October 15, 2013. “This is a good day for the jury trial traditions of this country.”

October 2013: Danny Thomas, 06 CrS 6250, convicted of the first degree murders of four individuals in Columbus County, North Carolina, won a new trial by a unanimous decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals on October 15, 2013. At trial, Mr. Thomas’s lawyer, Attorney W. James Payne, asked the Columbus County Court to allow the Defendant to remove a juror. The Court of Appeals affirmed Attorney Payne’s right to do so and reversed the entire conviction of the Defendant, ordering a new trial. “We are grateful for the unanimous decision of the Court of Appeals and deeply respect and admire the trial judge in this matter,” Mr. Payne said. “This is a good day for the jury trial traditions of this country.”

Practicing law since 1984, W. James Payne has centered all of his efforts and attention to practicing only Criminal Defense and Military Justice matters. Native to North Carolina, he received his B.S. in Government from Campbell University and his J.D. from Campbell University School of Law in North Carolina. His Bar Licenses include the North Carolina Supreme Court, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States District Court for the Eastern District and Middle District, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Mr. Payne’s keen attention to detail plays an important role in his effective representation of White-Collar Cases to Death Penalty Cases. His zealous defense for his clients has earned him the respect of judges and prosecutors in both state and federal court. His tireless warrior mentality and "take no prisoners" approach has catapulted him to the top of the legal ranks and garnered front-page media coverage. He is also a highly sought-after writer and lecturer, who has been recently interviewed and quoted by Bloomberg News, on topics related to criminal law and white-collar criminal defense.

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