Thursday, 03 January 2008 06:27
Today marks day one of 53-year-old Gloria Hughes Estes’
Estes has been charged in the 2005 murder of 59-year-old Samuel
Joe Roberson of Newland. Roberson was found dead from severe head trauma. A
change of venue was granted and the trial moved from Avery to Mitchell County. Defense
attorneys felt the publicity surrounding the incident made a fair jury
impossible to find in Avery County. Jury selection was last week and opening
statements will commence today.