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Stroupe intends to represent himself during murder trial

Stroupe intends to represent himself during murder trial
Phillip Stroupe II, who is charged with kidnapping and killing Thomas Bryson, will be representing himself in court, District Attorney Greg Newman said. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Phillip Stroupe II will be representing himself at his upcoming murder trial, District Attorney Greg Newman said.

Stroupe was charged with kidnapping and killing Thomas Bryson in July 2017. The killing happened while Stroupe was leading police on a six day manhunt.

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In a hearing Wednesday, Stroupe said he wanted to fire his two lawyers and represent himself. Superior Court Judge W. Robert Bell of Mecklenburg County granted his request. The defense attorneys, though relieved of their duties of representation, will remain available to the defendant throughout the trial to assist him with any questions he may have.

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Newman intends to call Stroupe's case for trial on July 12.

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