Meck DA announces initiative to curb homicide case backlogs

Meck DA announces initiative to curb homicide case backlogs

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by GLENN COUNTS / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on January 6, 2014 at 7:29 PM

Updated Monday, Jan 6 at 7:40 PM

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- On Monday Morning Mecklenburg County District Attorney Andrew Murray announced a new initiative to attack the backlog in homicide cases.

“This year we have scheduled every homicide case that, as of this date, pleaded not guilty for 2014,” said Murray.

The backlog in 2010 when he took office was 162 cases; now it’s down to 117, and Murray’s goal is to get it below 100 by the end of the year.

To do that, 26 trial slots have been booked in 2014; historically the average calendar was eight cases.

“We are double and triple booking courtroom to make sure, like an airline, if that seat isn’t filled were ready to backfill it, ready to have that next case ready to go,” he said.

At this pace, Murray hopes the backload can be brought down to a manageable level in two or three years.

That would free up resources to fight other violent crimes more aggressively like sex crimes against children and adults.

“Our ultimate goal is doing this new imitative is to obtain justice, justice for the defendant and justice for the victim,” said Murray.
 

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