Grooms takes stand at murder trial

Thomas Grooms took the witness stand today, the fifth day of his second-degree murder trial. "I made the worst decision of my life," he said in court. You can get a play-by-play of the latest happenings in the courtroom by clicking here, and we'll have more highlights from the testimony tonight.

A marathon runner who collapsed during the Wrightsville Beach Marathon was released from the hospital today. He went down less than a mile from the finish line, and was given a 5-8 percent chance of survival.

A sheriff's deputy who was recently cleared for shooting two people during a domestic dispute has been fired.

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Be sure to join us for WECT News starting at 5:00! We'll have more talk about how budget cuts are impacting local magistrates; the latest on area annexations; a well-known celebrity who's not horsing around when it comes to adopting animals and much more.

-Frances Weller