Crime & Courts

Trial date continued in 25-year-old double homicide

A Caldwell County Superior Court judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a Lenoir man accused of a double homicide 25 years ago.

The trial of William Eugene Murphy, 56, was scheduled for Aug. 24, but one of his attorneys filed a motion to have the case postponed because her co-counsel is involved in a capital murder case in Davidson County. Judge Nathaniel Poovey granted the motion during a hearing Tuesday and ordered both sides to appear before him Sept. 25 to set another date.

Murphy was arrested and charged in 2010 in connection with the 1990 murders of Mark Randall Seacrest and his wife, Jeanie Diane Seacrest, in their Caldwell County home. The case remained unsolved until new evidence surfaced that led to Murphy’s arrest, prosecutors said.

Murphy has been in the Caldwell County Detention Center since his arrest.

“This is the second time our office has had this case prepared and ready to go to trial,” District Attorney David Learner said in a statement Wednesday. “We had it prepared last fall and again this year. We’re ready, willing and able to go forward with this trial at any time.”

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067, @jmarusak