Trial date set for alleged gunman in Greenville shooting spree

GREENVILLE, PITT COUNTY - A trial date has been set for a man accused of shooting and injuring four people in Greenville last year.

During Lakim Anthony Faust's court appearance Monday morning, District Attorney Kimberly Robb argued that Faust's victims deserve to know when his trial will begin. But Faust's attorney, Ann Kirby, argued that she has a lot of new evidence to go through before the trial commences.

The judge decided to have Faust's trial begin on Jan. 20, 2015.

Faust is charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder in the shooting spree on June 21, 2013.

According to Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden, it all started at about 11:44 a.m. that day, when Faust shot 64-year-old Timothy Edwards, a Geico insurance adjustor, at the parking lot of the Kellum Law Firm on Greenville Boulevard.

Faust then allegedly shot three more people at the parking lot of the nearby Walmart, said police. Those victims were 70-year-old Carroll Oakes, of Grifton, 69-year-old Vernon Leggett, of Greenville, and 50-year-old Haywood Whichard, Jr., of Greenville.

All four victims survived the shooting spree and were released from Vidant Medical Center. But some of the men suffered severe and potentially life-altering injuries, investigators said.

Chief Aden said when police cornered Faust, they told him to drop his weapon. But he allegedly opened fire on officers. Police then shot Faust, but he continued to resist arrest, forcing officers to approach him using a cruiser, said Aden.

When Faust was arrested, police found a pistol-grip shotgun and more than 100 shells on him, Chief Aden said.

Indictment documents state that Faust shot and injured the victims  because of their "race, color, religion, nationality, or country of origin."

Robb said she believes Faust's trial will take two weeks. But Faust's attorney said she believes the trial will last up to a month. She said the jury selection process will take a long time due to the case being so highly publicized.

At last check, Faust was being held under a $6 million bond at Central Prison in Raleigh.

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