The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

April 4, 2014

Jury finds Gary W. Sells guilty of double murder in Stanly County

By Ritchie Starnes, News Editor

Friday, April 4, 2014 — One hour and 20 minutes is all it took for a jury to find Gary W. Sells guilty for a double murder.

Sells sat emotionless with his mouth slightly ajar as the clerk read the guilty verdict for two counts of first-degree murder. Sells is guilty of fatally shooting Shirley Inez Rummage, 73, and Ricky Dale Lowder, 48, at their 528 N. First Street, Albemarle, residence on March 8, 2009.

Sells was sentenced to two consecutive prison terms of life without the possibility of parole.

Friday's double guilty verdict concludes two weeks in the trial of North Carolina versus Sells and more than five years since the slayings.