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Jacksonville, NC 28541-0215

Homicide & Capital Murder Cases

Experienced, Qualified North Carolina Murder Defense Attorney

What Is Capital Murder?

Homicide differs from capital murder, as homicides are considered justified or accidental killings. Capital murder is defined as intentionally causing the death of another in conjunction with a felony level crime.

Capital murder charges may be filed for the murder of a child or police officer regardless of a coinciding felony.

The consequences of a capital murder conviction are severe. Being convicted typically results in life imprisonment or execution. In North Carolina, the death penalty is a possible sentence for convicted murderers.

Contact us online or call 910-347-1800 to schedule a free consultation about your criminal defense.


If your loved one has been charged with capital murder, it is essential to retain a lawyer who has handled similar trials. Choosing an experienced defense attorney may help you clear your loved one's name and protect their rights.

At the Jacksonville, North Carolina Law Offices of W. H. Paramore, III, we defend capital murder cases aggressively and form strong bonds with our clients.

Contact us online or at 910-347-1800 to schedule a free consultation. You can put your trust in us during these turbulent times.

Taking a Team Approach to Criminal Defense

At our firm, we open murder defense files by conducting our own fact investigations with a professional investigator. We may bring in experts to challenge the prosecution's case, including psychologists, crime scene investigators, and firearms experts.

Attorney Walter Paramore has taken 11 death penalty cases to trial during his 30 years of legal experience. Combined with our on-staff mitigation investigator, he looks for all possible factors to dismiss or reduce charges.

Seeking a Less Devastating Outcome in Capital Murder Cases

In capital murder cases, there are several alternatives to explore that may lessen the impact of a possible capital murder conviction:

Fighting for Acquittal

An acquittal is the opposite of a conviction. Acquittals can be a verdict of not guilty, but may also be a factor that terminates criminal proceedings without a verdict being entered.

Conviction of a Lesser Offense

Before the defendant is found guilty of capital murder, it may be possible to plea bargain for conviction of a lesser offense, including 2nd degree murder or manslaughter. A sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole can be pursed in place of the death penalty.

However, if the defendant is convicted of 1st degree capital murder, there is an additional sentencing hearing where the jury must decide whether to sentence the defendant to death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Contact Our Jacksonville, North Carolina Law Office for a Free Consultation

We offer a free consultation in our office or in jail, as needed. Contact us online or call 910-347-1800.

Law Offices of W. H. Paramore, III, P.C.

Phone: 910-347-1800 | Fax: 910-346-0820

410 New Bridge Street, Suite 4
Jacksonville, NC 28540-4739
Map and Directions
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 215
Jacksonville, NC 28541-0215

Jacksonville, North Carolina state and federal criminal defense lawyer Walter H. Paramore, III represents criminal defendants throughout southeastern North Carolina in communities such as Jacksonville, Burgaw, Wilmington, Trenton, New Bern, Kinston, Greenville, Fayetteville, Goldsboro and Clinton, before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Onslow County | Jones County | Craven County | Carteret County | Pender County | Duplin County

Disclaimer: The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.

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