Young man on trial charged with first degree murder

Joseph Gregory (Courtesy: NHCSO)
Joseph Gregory (Courtesy: NHCSO)
Robert Lee Marshall
Robert Lee Marshall

Posted by Debra Worley - email

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A trial is underway in New Hanover County for a young man facing several charges, including first degree murder.

18-year-old Joseph Terrell Gregory is accused of  killing 23-year-old Robert Lee Marhall in March 2008.

Tuesday, Marshall's father testified as a witness in the trial.  He said Marshall was a Hoggard graduate who was working as a cook at Ruby Tuesdays.  According to his father, Marshall was planning to join the Air Force.

According to authorities, Marshall was shot on Marsteller street during a failed attempt to rob marijuana. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died.

Marshall told his family that he was going to The Rugged Warehouse to buy a t-shirt when the shooting took place.

Gregory is one of four teens charged in connection with Marshall's death.  He is facing charges of first degree murder, shooting into a vehicle, and attempted robbery.

This is the first of four trials that will take place in connection with the murder.

Wilmington residents: Eric Deshaun Butler, Terrence Dominick McIntyre, Tevin Demetrious McIntyre, Jr., and Antoine Robert Alston are also facing charges in connection to the death of Marshall.

His father said Marshall was acquaintances with the teens involved.

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