Grand Jury Indicts Stewart
The Moore County Grand Jury indicted Robert Kenneth Stewart today for the shooting deaths of seven elderly patients and a nurse at Pinelake Health and Rehabilitation Center in Carthage March 29.
He was indicted on eight counts of first-degree murder, two counts of attempted murder for shooting Carthage Police Cpl. Justin Garner and Michael Cotton, who was visiting Pinelake that morning, and assault on a law-enforcement officer.
Stewart, 45, was not in court. He is being held without bond at Central Prison in Raleigh.
The Grand Jury meets in a secret session and hears evidence against defendants in numerous criminal cases and then decides whether to return true bills of indictment.
The Grand Jury also returned true bills of indictment in a drive-by shooting March 30 in Robbins that left a teenager dead.
Michael Lee Stidham Jr., 18, and Briant Andrew McKinney, 16, of 475 Hemp St. in Robbins, were charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 18-year-old Tomas Pascual. Police charged McKinney's brother, 17-year-old Trae Bradley McKinney and their mother and stepfather, Tara Lynette Reynolds, 34, and Benjamin Allen Reynolds, III, 35, all of the same Robbins address, with being accessories.
Tomas Pascual was shot in the abdomen. He died after being airlifted to UNC Hospitals, Chapel Hill.
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