UPDATE: Trial underway for man accused in ‘brutal’ Monkey Junction murder

Jury selection in murder trial underway

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Three witnesses took the stand Friday as the trial began for William Bernicki, the man charged with first-degree murder in the April 25 shooting death of Brittany Fullwood, 34.

Bernicki is accused of forcing his way into Fullwood’s home at 5229 Woods Edge Road and shooting her multiple times. Bernicki, identified in court documents as Fullwood’s ex-boyfriend, was found nearby with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face. He survived.

The trial was in recess until Friday to determine if Bernicki was mentally fit to proceed. He was found competent to stand trial.

“The State spent nearly three hours this afternoon questioning prospective jurors,” District Attorney Ben David said Monday night. “We are hopeful that a jury will be empaneled by some point (Tuesday) afternoon and the presentation of evidence will begin. Our goal is to get justice for Brittany Fullwood and to hold William Bernicki fully accountable for her brutal murder.”

Bernicki spent one month in the hospital for his apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He’s been held in Central Prison in Raleigh, because it’s better equipped to handle his medical issues.

Three witnesses took the stand Friday, including Brittany Fullwood’s father, Ray Fullwood, Bernicki’s former neighbor, and Brittany’s roommate.

According to the New Hanover County District Attorney’s office, Brittany’s roommate will continue his testimony Monday morning.

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