North Carolina Man Convicted Of Murder For Killing Lucedale Man

An Alabama jury today convicted a North Carolina man on Friday of capital murder in the January 1st, 2000 kidnapping and slaying of a Mississippi man.

Brett David Kabat of Clayton, North Carolina could be sentenced to death or life in prison without parole. A judge will decide the penalty later, after the jury makes a recommendation.

Kabat is one of two North Carolina men charged in the slaying of James Ray Tolbert, an offshore drilling worker from Lucedale, Mississippi. Tolbert was killed after attending a New Year's party at a Biloxi club. His body was found in woods near Grand Bay, Alabama.

A Mobile County judge is considering whether to declare a second suspect, Jeremy Shawn Bentley, insane.