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A defendant accused in the 2018 killing of a 50-year-old Wilson man is set to stand trial beginning today in Wilson County Superior Court.
Kelvin Raynard Mangum Jr., 28, faces a charge of felony murder in Bobby Romale Jones’ stabbing death.
Jury selection is slated to begin today in the trial, which could last all week.
On March 17, 2018, police responded to a Wilson Housing Authority home at 709 Suggs St. Officers found Jones lying in the parking lot with stab wounds to his chest around 2:20 p.m., according to police.
Police and Wilson EMS paramedics provided emergency first aid, but Jones was taken to Wilson Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
Police said at the time they were “quickly” able to identify a suspect and determine his location. Detectives on the Wilson Police Department’s Homicide Task Force charged Mangum with an open count of murder in Jones’ killing.
Investigators did not disclose a motive in the fatal stabbing at the time of Mangum’s arrest.