WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The capital murder trial for convicted killer James Opelton Bradley in the death of a Wilmington woman is scheduled to begin early next year.
Bradley, 55, is currently serving a minimum of 30 years in prison for the presumed death of co-worker Shannon Rippy Van Newkirk. Investigators never located Van Newkirk's body, but a New Hanover County jury still convicted Bradley of second-degree murder last year.
While searching for Van Newkirk's body on April 29, 2014, investigators found the body of Elisha Tucker wrapped in trash bags on a piece of property in Pender County Bradley had ties to through his employer.
Tucker had been missing since August 2013.
Bradley was indicted by a grand jury on Dec. 5, 2016, of first-degree murder in Tucker's death.
Bradley's trial is scheduled to begin on Jan. 14, 2019.
Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.