STANFORD - Jamarkos Campbell will go it alone and be the first of four defendants to face trial for the 2002 murders of Ryan Shangraw and Bo Upton.
Lincoln Circuit Judge Jeffrey Burdette on Tuesday granted Commonwealth's Attorney Eddy Montgomery's motion to separate Campbell from the other defendants and put him on trial first. The scheduled date for the trial is April 6.
"Jamarkos Campbell has given numerous statements implicating the other defendants," Montgomery said in arguing his motion to split the trials.
Also, Montgomery said, Campbell is not facing capital punishment because he was a juvenile when Shangraw and Upton were shot to death inside Shangraw's rented trailer in Hubble in February 2006.
Montgomery is seeking the death penalty against three other defendants - Deonte Simmons, Charles E. Smith and Neccolus Mundy - all of whom appeared together, along with Campbell, before Burdette on Tuesday in a packed courtroom lined with extra security personnel.