Trial moved for man charged in officer death

Source: New Hanover County Jail
Source: New Hanover County Jail

Posted by Scott Saxton - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A trial for the man accused in the death of a Wilmington police officer last year has been moved to April.

Anthony Pierce faces second-degree murder charges in the death of Officer Richard Matthews.  Matthews ran his car off the road and died while catching up to a chase involving Pierce in the city last February.

The trial was supposed to take place this month.

New Hanover County District Attorney Ben David says the trial has been moved to the end of April at the request of Pierce's attorney.   The defense needed more time to prepare its case.

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