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New Trial Ordered in Boone Murder PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Monday, 14 March 2011 05:20

North Carolina Supreme Court ordered a new trial for one of the three men convicted of killing a former Appalachian State student. That court Friday ordered a new trial for Neil Matthew Sargeant, one of three men convicted in the killing of Stephen William Harrington, 19, of Raleigh. Sargeant and Kyle Quentin Triplett, both of Boone, and Matthew Brandon Dalrymple, of Bessemer City, were convicted of killing Harrington over a drug debt at a residence just off NC 105 in Boone, and then driving the car to the Foscoe area and setting it on fire. Firefighters found Harrington's body in the trunk of a burning 2000 Subaru Legacy on Nov. 8, 2005. Attorneys for Sargeant appealed his conviction, saying that the trial judge should have allowed a statement from a witness that named the prosecution's witness, instead of Sargeant, as the killer. Sargeant was spared the death penalty in the case after Harrington's parents asked the sentencing hearing be stopped.

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