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Emotions Re-Surface as High Profile Murder Trial Begins

Accused Killer Darrell Maness Accused Killer Darrell Maness
Officer Mitch Prince Officer Mitch Prince

MARCH 19, 2006 -- A man accused of killing a Boiling Spring Lakes police officer is set to face a judge on Monday, for the first day of the high profile murder trial.

Darrell Maness is accused in the shooting death of Officer Mitch Prince during a routine traffic stop.

It's been more than a year since Prince was killed and now the grief stricken town and local law enforcement must come together. As the trial begins Monday, old emotions will be re-surfaced.

Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Richard White says support from the local community will be helpful during the trial.

"The community is so supportive, and I believe in the end justice will prevail. I just want to see closure to the tragedy," said White.

While the trial may bring closure to the case, the family and friends of Mitch Prince will continue to remember his life and legacy.

Stay with WECT as we follow the Maness trial during the first day on Monday.

Reported by Emily Hopkins

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