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Jury selection to begin Monday in Baldwin Murder Trial

By Erin Smith

Jury selection is scheduled to begin on Monday afternoon for the fourth person charged in the shooting death of Darrell Dionte Council.

Christopher Baldwin is the final defendant to face trial for the November 2015 shooting. He is facing charges of first-degree murder, two counts of felony conspiracy, discharging a weapon into an occupied conveyance in operation, and attempted first-degree murder. He is represented by Attorney Gregory Bullard.

Darrell Council was shot while he and his brother were sitting in a vehicle at the intersection of Twisted Hickory Road and Center Road, according to the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. Two men are alleged to have approached the vehicle and started shooting, investigators said Council attempted to drive away from the scene and crashed into a ditch. His brother was not injured and left the vehicle to get help.

Others who have already been to trial are: Shanika Mitchell, who was found guilty of first-degree murder in a jury trial in April 2018 and was sentenced to life in prison with parole. D’Nayzia Downing, accepted a plea deal and received a minimum of 65 months and a maximum of 90 months active with credit received for time served. Mitchell’s brother, Montise Mitchell, who was found guilty in a jury trial of first-degree murder in a trial in 2017. He was sentenced to life without parole.

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