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Moultrie pleads guilty to 2008 murder of Shallotte Realtor

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Co-conspirator Craig Bryant still facing murder, conspiracy and robbery charge

By Caroline Curran, Reporter

BOLIVIA—More than three years after the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, one of two defendants charged with his murder has pleaded guilty.

On Thursday, July 14, in Brunswick County Superior Court, Lora Moultrie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of Bradshaw. Moultrie also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

A third charge, robbery with a dangerous weapon, was dismissed.

Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis accepted Moultrie’s plea agreement with the state, in which Moultrie became a state’s witness.

Also as part of the plea agreement, Moultrie’s charges were consolidated for the purposes of sentencing into one B2 felony.

Rather than serve the 958-month, or nearly 80-year maximum sentence, she will be sentenced at a later date to between 179 months and 198 months, or 15- to 16-and-a-half years in prison.

As a state’s witness, Moultrie has agreed to cooperate with investigators and prosecutors and testify against her co-conspirator Craig Bryant, who is awaiting trial for first-degree murder, conspiracy and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said after the plea hearing he did not know when he would try Bryant.

Lewis also granted a request by Moultrie’s attorney Ed Geddings to transfer Moultrie from the Brunswick County Detention Center for her safety. Geddings said Moultrie has received numerous threats while in custody, and Bryant’s mother was recently arrested for attempting to sneak a weapon to Bryant, which Geddings fears was intended to hurt Moultrie.

Lewis granted her transfer to the North Carolina Department of Corrections women’s facility in Raleigh.

According to the autopsy report, Bradshaw, 34, who lived with his wife Shannon and their young son in the Brierwood community, died from a gunshot wound to the head from a “high-velocity” firearm on April 26, 2008, the day before his wife reported him missing.

Moultrie and Bryant had spent most of the past three years since Bradshaw’s murder on house arrest, but an additional grand jury indictment for robbery with a dangerous weapon this past April put them both back in custody when their bonds were increased. While Moultrie has no prior criminal history, Bryant’s criminal history spans more than 13 years.

According to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, Bryant served almost 10 years at the Western Tennessee State Penitentiary near Memphis for aggravated assault and attempted second-degree murder.

In July 1996, Bryant was indicted on attempted first-degree murder but convicted of aggravated assault and attempted second-degree murder.

Bryant was sentenced to 13 years in prison in July 1997 for the two charges to run consecutively, and was given 468 days of pre-trial jail credit, a spokesperson for the department of corrections said. Bryant’s sentence expired in 2006.

Bryant was paroled several times during his sentence, but each time his parole was revoked.