Jury Selection for Drayton Trial Begins

NEW HANOVER COUNTY -- The murder trial of Ernest Drayton is underway with the beginning of jury selection Monday.

Ernest Drayton, Jr. is charged with first degree murder in connection with the shooting of Christopher Hansley in 2004.

Officers said Drayton shot Hansley in the stomach on Lehigh Road. They said Drayton had a history of illegal drug use, and the murder could have been drug related.

Staff Report