Man pleads guilty to charges in 2012 murder, robberies in Jacksonville

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Tuesday in Onslow County Court, the alleged getaway driver in two 2012 Jacksonville robberies – one resulting in the victim’s murder – pleaded guilty to two lesser crimes than what his initial charge was.

28-year-old James Williamson pleaded guilty to one count of Accessory After the Fact to 1st Degree Murder in the death of Kim Flournoy, and one count of Accessory After the Fact to Robbery with a Dangerous Weapon in the robbery of Lori Cannon.

Williamson was tried for 2.5 weeks on December 4-17, 2018 for the attempted robbery and murder of Kim Flournoy at TNT Bingo on December 30, 2012.  

He was also tried at the same time for the robbery of Lori Cannon of Tarheel Taxi on December 28, 2012.

The jury deliberated for two days and deadlocked 9-3.  

The evidence showed Williamson was the driver in both cases.

According to a release, a mistrial was declared by the presiding judge on December 17, 2018. 

The Onslow County Grand Jury returned indictments in Williamson’s case on April 2 for accessory after the fact to first-degree murder in the Flournoy case and accessory after the fact to robbery with a dangerous weapon in the Cannon case.  

Co-defendant Larry Forrest pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, and robbery with a dangerous weapon on November 15, 2017, and received a minimum of 35.6 years and a maximum of 45.8 years.

Forrest shot Flournoy and used a gun in the robbery of Cannon, Lee said.

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