Sentencing phase starts for man convicted of killing North Carolina couple
Eric Campbell and Jerome and Dora Faulkner. Photo Courtesy: WNCN
OXFORD, N.C. (WNCN) – The sentencing phase started for Eric Campbell's double murder trial on September 11, 2017.
During the first day of the sentencing phase, several people who knew Campbell testified on his character.
On friend said Campbell is a good person.
"In a lot of ways, Eric is a lot better of a person than I am,” Shane Warren said. “I wish I had spent more time with my grandmother, but he picked up in the areas that I didn’t.”
Warren described to the jury how Campbell interacted around his family and pointed out the difference between him and Campbell’s father, Edward Campbell.
“My mother had met Ed and wasn’t impressed, didn’t like him, thought he was a vulgar and disgusting man,” said Warren.
The defense has argued that Campbell was following his father’s lead, who was controlling, even when it came to life decisions.
“His dad absolutely hated the military and said during his Navy days they brainwashed him,” Warren testified. “He was pumping negative information into Eric constantly about that and that he shouldn’t go.”
At one point, prosecutors questioned Warren’s character.
“Eric has been your best friend pretty much all of your life, since elementary school, right,” asked Mike Waters, prosecutor and Granville County district attorney.
“Pretty much, yes sir,” replied Warren.
“And, you would say anything for him, wouldn’t you,” asked Waters.
“I would only tell the truth,” said Warren.
“But, you haven’t talked today about making methamphetamines,” said Waters.
“I haven’t been asked about that,” Warren replied.
The trial has been off and on since July for reasons the defense says are beyond their control. Campbell’s attorneys suggest this sentencing phase could last a few days.
Edward Campbell committed suicide in prison.
OXFORD, N.C. (WNCN) – A jury has found Eric Campbell guilty of two counts of first-degree murder following a three-week break in deliberations. Campbell was found guilty of killing Dora and Jerome Faulkner in their Oxford home on Jan. 1, 2015.
Campbell and his father, Edward Campbell, were both charged with murdering the Faulkners. Edward Campbell committed suicide in prison. Eric Campbell faced a total of seven charges and was found guilty of all seven.
Deliberations were put on hold after juror No. 3 first asked to be excused and was later involved in a traffic collision. She said she could not evaluate the case. On Monday, the defense asked that juror No. 3 be removed but that motion was denied.
During the trial, Eric Campbell testified saying his father was responsible for the Faulkner’s deaths. Police said 62-year-old Dora and 73-year-old Jerome were killed as Eric and Edward Campbell went on a crime spree spanning several states including West Virginia where they were involved in a shoot out with law enforcement officers in Lewisburg.