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we will continue to follow this developing story and bring you any new details on air and on-line at wbtv.com. >> right now a new guilty plea for former charlotte mayor patrick cannon. he was in court where he signed the plea deal and sentenced to one day behind bars for voter fraud. this is our first time seeing and hearing from him since his 2014 federal conviction for corruption. a judge charged cannon with voter fraud for a vote that he cast in 2014 while he was a convicted felon but awaiting sentencing. brody o'connell live outside the courthouse with more on this. why just one day for cannon? >> well, from what i heard in court and what the assistant district attorney said after the hearing, i think the judge believes patrick cannon that he vertically. he will have the one day to
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he is serving. >> within minutes patrick cannon entered his guilty plea to a class one misdemeanor charge of attempted voter fraud. cannon used the opportunity to address the court. >> i want to thank you for the opportunity i hate to come here under these circumstances. but i want to apologize to the court for doing and thank the court for indulging mement. >> the judge ordered cannon to serve one day in jail which will time. after the ruling the assistant district attorney felt the punishment was just. >> we felt like it was circumstances. he was very forthright. he admitted what he did. he faced consequences. and his vote did not count. >> the attorney made a brief statement. ferguson said this case shines a light on a bigger issue in
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the disenfranchisement of felons. >> we are a country now that incarcerates more people than any other country in the world and the numbers are growing. and right now we have millions of citizens who cannot vote. >> and you might recall cannon was placed on house arrest when he was charged for this voter fraud back in 2014 brought up in court today again the da said perhaps there was a reap there was leniency. when cannon walked into the courtroom it was all eyes on the former mayor. the first time we have seen him since he started to serve time. hear what cannon's attorney had bars. that story is new at 6:00 p.m. side. >> see you later on. cannon is scheduled to be released from a federal prison in january of 2017. >> now, to the heated race for the white house. tuesday was a big night for hillary clinton and donald
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both presidential candidates won over north carolina voters in last night's primary. donald trump now has more than half of the delegates needed to win the republican presidential nomination. north carolina, illinois and florida were all big wins for trump. but his loss to john kasich in ohio creates an obstacle for the frontrunnerment on the democratic side hillary clinton is nearly two-thirds of the way to the democratic nomination. and tuesday's primary boasts the most people to ever vote in a primary in north carolina's history. the north carolina state board of elections congratulated the state on the large turnout via twitter. steve crump is live with more on the historic primary. >> yeah, maureen there was a historic turnout here in mecklenberg county especially when you look at the raw numbers that explains while there were long lines at polling places going through the evening. in fact today there were people still voting around 11:00 p.m.
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which meant that county votes went beyond midnight. in comparison to 2008 another record year yesterday's numbers surpassed it during 2008 here in mecklenberg county we saw 194,000 voters and on tuesday it topped out with a total of 207,000 voters. people going to the polls. and we are told that momentum will continue into november. >> i would suspect all presidentials are busy and i would suspect that yes, this would be a preview. you will be equally as busy. there is a lot of enthusiasm right now on both sides with all the camps involved. >> and there is truth to that statement because when we were at the board of lengthions today we saw stacks of papers filed people mailing in registration as they are getting ready to put
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general election in november. steve crump wbtv on your side. >> thank you. north carolinians voted for who will be running for governor in november's general election. for republican it is the incumbent governor pat mccrory he brought in 82% of the vote. on the democratic side, north carolina attorney general roy cooper won the primary for governor and garnered 69% support. >> and north carolina voters overwhelmingly approved the connect nc bond by 60% which will fund projects all across the state. tonight at 6:00 p.m. david whisenant is on your side breaking down the impact this bond could have on our area. >> right now, president obama has officially introduced his pick to fill the vacancy on the u.s. supreme court. the announcement in the rose garden sets off an epic battle with senate republicans vowing
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president is sworn in. wbtv anchor brigida mack has more. >> president obama introduced an emotional merrick garland as his choice to replace antonin scalia on the supreme court. >> for me there could be no higher public service than serving as a member of the united states supreme court. >> he is chief judge on the u.s. court of appeals in washington d.c. and regarded as a moderate. he was born in chicago and graduated from harvard law school. president obama described him as one of america's sharpest legal minds with the spirit of decency, integrity and even handedness. >> these qualities and his long commitment to public service have earned him the respect and admiration of leaders from both sides of the aisle. >> that bipartisan support will be key if the nomination moves forward in the senate. republicans say while it's the president's constitutional right to nominate it's the senate's right to withhold consent.
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every member of the senate judiciary to discuss the nomination. but for now, the g.o.p. leadership is digging in. saying the appointment should wait until after a new president takes office. >> the next justice could well change the ideological makeup and the balance of the supreme court for a generation to come. and fundamentally reshape america. >> garland makes his first visit to capitol hill thursday to meet with members of congress. brigida mack wbtv on your side. >> and garland led the investigation and prosecutions after the oklahoma city bombing. >> interesting garland was mentioning his two daughters and one was hiking and did not have a cellphone and she had no idea that her father had been nominated for the supreme court. that is quite a story to tell. >> right now, record-breaking heat in charlotte. we are three days away from the start of spring and we are continuing to feel the temperatures well above average. >> i do not hear a lot of people complaining but a cooldown is on
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and we could soon feel the temperatures get this, in the 30s. and we might get rain. over to chief meterologist, eric thomas. >> why don't we throw the snow in there as well because that is part of the forecast for our area. there it is. that high that you talked about, that is the headline. no question. 86 we smashed the old record of 83. we were 23 above the average high temperature today. folks if we do this in july, that would give us a high temperature of about 113 ! let's hope we do not do it in july. you heard maureen talk about the cool air coming back in. tomorrow morning it's under going a change. cooler air from the northwest and we had a front come through. i will show you how you can find a front when the temperatures are all about the same. 69 in boone and blowing rock.
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9:00 p.m. and 63 through 11:00 p.m. and a lot on the plate as you know, it's all part of your seven-day first-alert forecast. >> all right appreciate it. right now south carolina governor haley announces her new endorsement for president and she was supporting marco rubio. alex giles is live with the details. >> yes, a little bit of a political alert she said it is her prayer that ted cruz finishes ahead of donald trump for that republican nomination. she announced this today. originally she endorsed marco rubio and he dropped out yesterday and she will support whoever the nominee is from the republican side. but she is praying it is cruz and governor pat mccrory said through his campaign manager he will endorse whoever the republican nominee is in this back to you. >> thank you. >> and we have tracking a problem on i-77 northbound. tonya rivens has the latest. >> your first alert traffic is sponsored by people's bank. as we check in again i-77
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cornelius, the road is now open again. the two-car injury accident had the road closed but traffic is moving slowly. statesville road is starting to get backed up. old statesville is a better alternate route. the backup is back to mile marker 19 towards 485. and one additional accident close at highway 73 and beatties ford road that is in north mecklenburg as well. two lanes an accident here. highway 16 is an alternate. >> developing story, a mistrial declared in the case of a local father accused of beating his six-month-old baby to death. >> what a potential juror blurted out in the courtroom that brought the trial to a halt. >> an american student sentenced
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he did while visiting north a man charged with beating his six-month-old baby girl to death will get a new trial after a potential juror blurted out 8 statement in court. todd broderick is representing himself. police say his daughter had broken bones, swollen brain tissue and repeated signs of abuse and allegedly all at the hands of her dad. pamela escobar was in that courtroom as the jury selection was underway. what did the juror say that caused the mistrial. >> maureen, the woman told the prosecutor she was looking at the newspaper and saw a picture of todd broderick and he claimed that that is the guy that robbed his house. now, the lawyer who is helping broderick said that she made a false statement and she said it
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the todd broderick came to court with the intention to select jurors. and several jurors have been dismissed for cause saying they could not look at photos involving child abuse. the woman's statement about the robbery caused the judge to excuse the jury pool. and the prosecutor said there was no way to cure what happened or what the jurors heard and the judge returned and said he would be granting a motion that to have a bench trial meaning a judge will hear the case not a jury. >> i will agree to a bench trial. and especially in light of our efforts the last several days to obtain a fair and impartial jury. >> the case looks like it will start backup on friday.
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given extra time in the jail's law library to prepare. live at the mecklenberg county courthouse pamela escobar wbtv on your side. >> thank you. >> an american college student faces 15 years of hard labor in a north korean prison. the country's highest court sentenced the university of virginia student for allegedly trying to steal a propaganda banner. otto frederick was paraded through the highest court. he was detained in january as he prepared to leave the country group. today was the first we had seen of the 21-year-old since his apology broadcast in late february. >> i entirely beg you, and your government for your forgiveness. please i have made the worst mistake of my life! >> in that bizarre rambling and likely forced confession he claimed to have tried to steal a
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as a souvenir for a family friend. >> time to get a check on the roads with tonya rivens. >> and let's check in on 485 as we look at arrowood road i-77 northbound and southbound. a lot of volpe traffic and -- volume and traffic and problems. the accident at pineville matthews and beverly crest boulevard another at rea road and providence lane all close to providence road and a stranded moift on providence. notice the stop-and-go traffic we have slow-moving traffic in this area. and 485. volume started to build in this area as well. back to you. >> i know if you are looking at your screen and you see 86? 84? >> we are at 84 at the airport. >> a record. >> that is right. 831945. the previous record we smash to do by 3 . you do not see that that often but now, a front is coming through. you want to see it. >> guess what?
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you sense it, right? >> well, yes, you do. and if you look at the map you do not see evidence. it's 82 in chester, south carolina. and 82 in morganton. but that is why you hired eric thomas. because now see that now suddenly now the map looks different. what is that? this is the dew point map. this of course the moisture in the atmosphere cooler colors dry and higher dew points and this is wetter. so you can see the dry air working it way in. not hard to find the front now. dew points in the 20s. northwest of charlotte and in the 50s here south of the charlotte area. all right the dry air arrives first and behind it will be the cooler air. now you are not seeing drastic changes here through the late night hours that 64 at 11:00 p.m. is still above the average high temperature for this time of the year. a mild night on tap. we'll carry that into the morning.
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your out of door temperature. closer to 50 here in charlotte. and the weather map you see that front peeling off and what is behind it? we have moisture on the gulf coast and that becomes a low that will fly up the eastern seaboard but not much happening between now and when that does development tomorrow a nice day and notice we are in the mid-70s. so the temperatures are going to start trending downward. 80s today. 70s, 60s, 50s. almost into the 40s. not counting down to a launch that is the forecast. look at this! and sunday looks like a cool, wet day. lows yet near freezing. get mountain snow sunday? this is unbelievable. and then we will rebound somewhat into a dryer next week and midweek. coming up at 5:30 more weather >> thank you. still ahead tonight, a former north carolina politician has
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he fell asleep in court but not for a reason you may suspect. >> and all new at 6:00... >> that $2 billion bond package passed yesterday in north carolina. so now what does that mean? what does the money go towards? and how can it help to save your life?
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given permission to use the rock to share political information. the school says the custodian was instructed to remove the message from the rock. the school was listed as a polling location but elections officials say the rock would fallout side the 50-feet buffer zone. >> and police in salisbury need your help tracking down the man that walked into a restaurant of cash. this happened saturday morning at hendrick barbecue. if you recognize the man there call police right away. >> some students in south carolina can apply for scholarship aimed at honoring a preacher killed in his church that is next. >> and coming up emotional temperature from a man on trial for murdering his wife in their bed. he tells the jury what he
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wbtv on your side. wbtv news starts right now. >> new, the lauracuseed of sleeping through a trial has his license suspended. also coming up... >> they come in so fast that they don't get a chance to react. >> video that could help charlotte detectives catch two crooks before they hit again. first, a man charged in his wife's murder says he did not mean to hurt her. welcome to wbtv news i'm molly grantham. thank you for joining us. let's go ahead and get with alex giles live in the alert center and i understand you have new information on the breaking news. >> we have got a new image from that shooting in uptown charlotte and we will show it to
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moments after the shooting happened. you see the victim loaded on to the stretcher. this person was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. they have not identified that person yet. an argument led to the shooting. you can see in the background uptown near the transit center near time warner cable arena. off south brevard street and police were van casing -- canvasing the area for hours. and coleen harry has been gathering details. and more on the story coming up tonight at 6:00. >> tonight both sides rested in the trial against accused killer john dent. prosecutors say he killed his wife in her bed. he told his side of the story while on the stand. we must warn you some of the testimony was graphic. michael clark was in the courtroom and is now outside. did this man show any remorse? >> well, he was emotional and had a lot of crying during his
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intend to kill his wife. but prosecutors say that is not what he told deputies when the investigation began a couple years ago. with tears in his eyes john gentles a jury he did not mean to stab his wife to death. his plan was to talk to his wife of 35 years and convince her not to leave him. but prosecutors say he had a knife in his hand the entire time. one that he claims was meant for himself. >> [inaudible] calm down and get my hand away from her and my hand got her hand and went into her chest. and blood everywhere. >> the emotional testimony came after two officers testified they listened to him confess once to a deputy and another deputy recalled a phone call he made to his sister while in custody at the hospital. >> confrontation that began at

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