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The death penalty trial of Seaga Gillard got underway on Monday in Wake County after more than a month of jury selection.
Gillard is charged along with Xavier Hill with first-degree murder in the double homicide of the parents of three children.
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April Lynn Holland and Dwayne Garvey were gunned down in a room at the Best Value Inn in Raleigh’s Crabtree Valley in December 2016.
The motive may come into focus during the trial but it appears one of the defendants may have known Holland.
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Death penalty trials are rare across the state. The Center for Death Penalty Litigation has criticized Wake County for continuing to seek the death penalty even though juries in the county repeatedly reject it.
Wake County hasn’t imposed a death penalty since July of 2007 when Byron Waring was sent to death row for the 2005 stabbing death of Lauren Redman.
Since then, nine consecutive juries in Wake County death-penalty cases have opted for life without parole.
The last one was a year ago when Donovan Richardson was given two sentences of life without parole for a double murder.
There have only been 12 capital murder trials statewide since 2016 and three were in Wake County.
So the trial currently underway may further test the viability of the death penalty in Wake County and even in the state.
Death penalty trials are longer and cost more than non-capital cases.