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Family member of slain woman speaks out against suspect's retrial

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The aunt of a woman killed in 2005 is one of several family members who is upset that Danny Thomas, who was found guilty in 2011 of killing three people in 2005, was granted a new trial recently. The aunt of a woman killed in 2005 is one of several family members who is upset that Danny Thomas, who was found guilty in 2011 of killing three people in 2005, was granted a new trial recently.

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – The aunt of a woman killed in 2005 is one of several family members who is upset that Danny Thomas, who was found guilty in 2011 of killing four people in 2005, was granted a new trial recently.

Peggy McClain said she heard the news through the media, and it came at a time when her family was just starting to get closure.

Newlyweds Regina and Dennis Inman, along with Regina's brother, Anthony Martin, were found shot to death inside their home. McClain says it took nearly six years for the first trial to go to court, so she's concerned with how long Thomas' new trial could take.

McClain says that many people in the county knew the victims, so picking jurors who aren't familiar with the case would be difficult. She fears if there's a new trial, it may be moved to another county.

Thomas was also convicted for killing another man named Craig Williams.

According to District Attorney Jon David, his office found out about the State Court of Appeals decision when a press release went out. He tells us, they're waiting to hear from the Attorney General's Office and will petition the state supreme court to reverse the decision. If that doesn't happen then he says, there will be a retrial.  

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