Rayquan Borum

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It’s been a little over a week since the Rayquan Borum trial concluded. After an extensive four-week trial, the jury found Borum guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Justin Carr.

One of the jurors, Shaun Pickford, reached out to WFAE’s Sarah Delia to discuss the trial after its conclusion.

A Mecklenburg jury found Rayquan Borum guilty of second-degree murder in the shooting death of 26-year-old protester Justin Carr.

Borum also was found guilty of possession of a firearm. He decided not to take the stand in the case.

A Mecklenburg County jury found Rayquan Borum guilty of second-degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon in the shooting death of 26-year-old Justin Carr.

Jurors in the Rayquan Borum murder trial today re-watched four videos at full and half-speed. One of the videos was from a documentary filmmaker.

Prosecutors claim a voice heard off camera shouting "shoot back" belongs to Borum. The video also shows Justin Carr lying on the ground bleeding from his head.

Updated 4:30 p.m.

Jury deliberations are underway in the trial of Rayquan Borum. The three charges jurors are being asked to consider are first degree-murder, second-degree murder, and possession of a firearm by a felon.

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Both the state and defense have rested their cases in the trial of Rayquan Borum. Judge Gregory Hayes says closing arguments will begin tomorrow. The state called more than a dozen witnesses, submitted over a hundred pieces of evidence including video footage from the night Justin Carr was shot and audio from jailhouse calls Borum placed. Although the defense cross-examined witnesses called by the state, they decided not to call any of their own to the stand, including Borum.  

Updated: Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

Closing arguments in the trial of Rayquan Borum will begin Wednesday. The defense rested its case Tuesday morning after Borum told Judge Gregory Hayes that he did not wish to testify or present any evidence.

Rayquan Borum's attorneys this morning withdrew a motion for Judge Gregory Hayes to recuse himself from presiding over the first-degree murder trial. According to prosecutor Glen Cole, Borum's mother says he wanted her to contact spiritual advisers in hopes of influencing his case. He also has a history of contacting a person in Raleigh who practices voodoo.

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A phone recording of Rayquan Borum making a threat against the judge in his murder trial was played in court Wednesday. Borum is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Justin Carr, who was shot during protests that followed the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. 

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Testimony continued Wednesday in the trial of first-degree murder trial of Rayquan Borum with a witness saying he was feet away when Borum shot a gun the night Just Carr died. Carr was shot during the second night of protests that erupted in Charlotte after the police shooting death of Keith Scott in September 2016.

The trial of Rayquan Borum enters its second day.
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Updated: 7:45 p.m.

Numerous people were called to take the stand Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Rayquan Borum—including a man who says he was with Borum the night Justin Carr was shot. Carr was shot the second night of protests that erupted in Charlotte after the police shooting death of Keith Scott in September 2016.

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Updated: 9 p.m.

Opening statements were heard in court Monday in the trial of Rayquan Borum. Borum faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Justin Carr. Carr was killed the second night of protests that erupted in Charlotte in the aftermath of the police shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott in September 2016.

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Updated 10:58 a.m.

The last alternate juror has been selected for the trial. Opening statements will be given on Monday.

Lasted Updated 4:14 PM

The jury has been selected in the murder trial of Rayquan Borum, who faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Justin Carr.

Borum is accused of shooting Carr in uptown Charlotte during the second night of protests after the fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott in September 2016.

Now that the 12 jurors have been seated, the focus has shifted to choosing alternatives. So far, one alternate has been selected. Two more are needed, and the jury pool is down to four people.

Updated: 4:50 p.m.

Jury selection continued Wednesday in the murder trial of Rayqaun Borum. Borum faces a first degree murder charge in the death of Justin Carr. Prosecutors say Carr was shot and killed in uptown Charlotte the second night of protests after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. Scott was killed by a CMPD police officer in September 2016.

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It was another day of jury selection in the murder trial of Rayquan Borum. Borum faces a first-degree murder charge in the death of Justin Carr. Prosecutors say Carr was shot and killed in uptown Charlotte the second night of protests after the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. Scott was killed by a CMPD police officer in September 2016.

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

Prosecutors said Monday that Rayquan Borum was actually aiming at police when he shot and killed 26-year-old Justin Carr.

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A Mecklenburg County judge has found that Rayquan Borum is competent to stand trial in the 2016 murder of Justin Carr in uptown Charlotte. That means jury selection in the case will resume Monday. 

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Jury selection in the murder trial of Rayquan Borum has been suspended until Monday, to allow time for an evaluation of his mental state. Borum's lawyer asked for the examination after he appeared drowsy and inattentive Thursday morning.

John D. Simmons / Charlotte Observer

The presiding judge overseeing the trial of Rayquan Borum said Wednesday that the trial is expected to be a lengthy one—three to four weeks. But first a jury must be selected and that process is slow going.

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