Judge Grants Special Motion in Murder Case

The man charged with the robbery and capital murder of his father-in-law in August of 2012, was in a Campbell County courtroom during a special motions hearing last week. The Circuit Court Judge in the case ruled during the December 12 hearing that attorneys for 50 year old Vincent Earl Spinner may request from a separate judge subpoenas for certain records and may do so ex parte, or without the prosecution’s knowledge. Defense attorneys argued that because their client faces the death penalty; their duty as legal council, is to study Spinner’s social history in order to prepare for his trial. Spinner is charged with killing 89 year old James C. Payne at his Rustburg home. The medical examiner ruled that Payne was stabbed to death. Spinner’s trial is set to begin Oct. 6, 2014.

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