Nashid Porter murder trial set for Tuesday

Nashid Porter murder trial set for Tuesday

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The trial for a Duplin County man accused of killing another man in Wilmington's Creekwood community nearly four years ago is set to begin in Pender County Tuesday.

Nashid Porter, 38, was charged with first-degree murder in connection to the shooting death of Brian Grant, 32, of Wilmington in July 2012.

Grant was found shot lying in the doorway of an apartment in the Creekwood area. Eyewitnesses said the gunman got out of his car, walked up to Grant and shot him twice before "skipping" away from the crime scene into his car.

US Marshals arrested Porter about one month after Grant's death.

Porter was placed on pre-trial release in February of 2014.

On Nov. 12, 2014, while on pre-trial release, Porter allegedly took Obediah Hester IV, 27, of Wilmington, to an area between Wallace and Harrells and killed him execution-style. He cut off his ankle monitoring device that same day.

Court documents show Hester was named a prosecution witness in Porter's murder trial for Grant.

Porter, who reportedly fired four of his court-appointed attorneys, will represent himself during Tuesday's trial which is set to begin at 2 p.m. Porter has been appointed a standby counsel, who will sit behind him during the trial and offer advice should he ask for it.

District Attorney Ben David said the State will be presenting evidence of both murders to the court in the hope that both are admissible before the jury.

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