Attorneys Expected To Bring Motions In Manteo Murder

Published 3:16 am Sunday, January 6, 1991

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Some activity regarding the case of Clifton Spencer, the alleged murderer of Manteo waitress Stacey Stanton who was stabbed to death last February, will take place during next week’s session of Superior Court according to Spencer’s defense attorney R.O. Murphy of Greensboro.

Although Murphy would not comment on specifics, he said that he has prepared several motions which he will bring up when the case is called.

It is speculated that one of the motions will be for a change of venue. Spencer was granted a motion for safekeeping and transferred to a jail in Wake County where he is being held without bond. The motion, entered by the state, read, “Our Facility (Dare County Jail) holds a capacity of 16 inmates. Our daily average is 40 inmates. Due to the sentiment of this community, we feel (Spencer) will be safer out of this county.”

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District Attorney H.P. Williams is prosecuting for the state and is asking for the death penalty. Williams also would not comment on specific motions, but said he would oppose a change of venue motion if one is made.

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