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Murder trials set to begin this month
WOODBINE -- Two murder trials are scheduled this month at the Camden County Courthouse in Woodbine.

Jury selection is tentatively scheduled for Monday, with opening statements to begin the following day, in the trial of Timothy Demetris Sapp, accused in the shooting death of Charles Rico Smith on July 27, 2012.

Sapp and another suspect, Cyrus Johnathan Bell, are accused of robbing Smith and shooting him in his back. Deputies found Smith dead at a house on 13th Street in Woodbine. Both Sapp and Bell are charged with malice murder, two counts of felony murder, aggravated assault, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony. Sapp is also charged with possession or a firearm by a convicted felon.

Sapp will be tried separately from Bell, whose trial date has not been set.

On July 15, jury selection will be held for Kristopher Robinson in the death of Michelle Hainley on Feb. 26, 2008.

Robinson is charged with felony murder and conspiracy to commit robbery by force.

Hainley's body was discovered in a bathtub at the Ramada Inn on Ga. 40 in Kingsland. Investigators said she was beaten, strangled and drowned.

According to the indictment, Robinson drove Amos Southall, who a previously convicted in the crime, to the motel with the intent of robbing Hainley.

Southall was convicted in November 2012 of murder and aggravated assault and sentenced to life in prison without parole. Before his conviction, Southall said Hainley was alive the last time he saw her in the motel room with Robinson.

Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty in either case. Each trial is expected to last about a week.

* Reporter Gordon Jackson writes about Camden County and other local topics. Contact him at gjackson@thebrunswicknews.com, on Facebook or at 464-7655.



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