Sounds like an extraordinarily complicated case. . . with potential for legal issues. One would be well-served in speaking with experienced APPELLATE legal counsel. Gordon Widenhouse is a highly respected attorney in North Carolina.
See his contact info below. Powers McCartan, pllc is NOT associated with Mr. Widenhouse or his firm.
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Any murder trial is going to go on for days or weeks, and there are bound to be a few errors made in court procedures, evidence, etc. It just is not possible to be perfect. And it is almost certain that there will be some sort of appellate review of the trial and conviction whereby the court of appeals will determine if any of the errors made were of sufficient legal significance as to have altered the outcome of the case. To be honest, most of what you have pointed out is either not likely to be considered by the court. The role of the court of appeals is not to review whether the evidence was sufficient to convict--the jury has already done that and that issue is now closed--but only whether the court properly followed and applied the law. Issues with courtroom procedures almost never are deemed to be so serious as to warrant the case being re-tried.
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I do not see any procedural error that would get the first man out of prison from the details that you put. However, this murder trial probably lasted several days, and there would be a LOT of evidence (transcripts, etc) for an experienced appellate lawyer to review. The first man needs to hire an experienced appellate lawyer immediately so that a lawyer can go through all the details and determine if there are any appealable issues.