Jury selection in the murder trial of Coy Edward Pack for the April 10, 2013, stabbing death of a man at a residence on Byrd Ridge Road is set to begin Tuesday morning in Wilkes Superior Court.
Pack, 51, of 1432 Byrd Ridge Road, North Wilkesboro, is charged with first-degree murder in the death of a disabled man, 59-year-old Richard Baxter Davenport Jr. Pack is also charged with armed robbery and first-degree burglary.
Prosecuting for the state in the case is Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger. Presiding over the trial is Judge Michael D. Duncan, Wilkes County’s resident Superior Court judge.
The stabbing took place at Davenport’s home, located across from the residence shared by Coy Pack and his wife, April, according to Chief Deputy David Carson of the Wilkes Sheriff’s Department.
April Pack, 33, initially was charged with murder. She has since entered a guilty plea to being an accessory after the fact to murder. As part of her plea, she agreed to testify truthfully against Coy Pack.
Mrs. Pack remains in the Wilkes County Jail, awaiting sentencing.
Davenport, 59, was dead when a relative found him in his small, wood frame home about 9 a.m. on April 16, 2013, Wilkes Sheriff Chris Shew said.
Shew said the relative had gone to check on Davenport, who rented the house and lived there alone. Shew said Davenport was last seen alive the day before.
According to preliminary autopsy results, Davenport died after the jugular vein in his neck was severed by a sharp instrument, Shew said.
Davenport had a prosthetic leg and used a wheelchair, the sheriff said. He graduated from Wilkes Central High School, served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was unemployed.
April Pack was one of Davenport’s caregivers at the time of his death, Shew said.
Bond reduction denied
In a hearing Thursday morning in Wilkes Superior Court, Duncan denied a motion to reduce the $500,000 secured bond of Shane Lee Meyerhoffer, 24, charged with murder in the May 18, 2016, stabbing death of Anthony Wayne Sheppard, 28, of Moravian Falls.
The fatal stabbing took place outside a mobile home Meyerhoffer shared with family members at 163 Southwood Drive in the Rock Creek community.
Attorney Jay Vannoy of North Wilkesboro asked Duncan to reduce Meyerhoffer’s bond to $250,000 secured. He said his client’s family could use land to post that bond amount. Meyerhoffer, Vannoy said, would show up for his trial and isn’t a risk to the public.
A similar request was denied by Judge Susan E. Brey during the July session of Wilkes Superior Court.
Vannoy told Duncan that, on the day in question, Sheppard and Rachel Handy Miller came to Meyerhoffer’s home to rob him. He said his client stabbed Sheppard multiple times in self-defense after being attacked by Miller and Sheppard.
He noted that Meyerhoffer’s finger was severed during the knife fight. Sheppard went to a neighbor’s home, knocked on the door and collapsed on the front porch. He died at the scene.
It was noted that Miller was also cut during the struggle.
In arguing for bond reduction, Vannoy said Meyerhoffer has “substantial family ties in the community,” wasn’t a threat to abscond and would be in the custody of his grandfather.
Bollinger noted that Meyerhoffer, who has a lengthy criminal record, was on electronic house arrest at the time of the stabbing. He said Meyerhoffer had been dealing drugs at the same family home to which he would return if able to post bond.
The prosecutor noted that an autopsy showed Sheppard sustained nine stab wounds, blunt force trauma to his head and other injuries.
Meyerhoffer “is no candidate to be put out (of jail) on any bond,” Bollinger said. “The State of North Carolina stands ready to try this case any time Mr. Vannoy wants to put it on the (trial) calendar.”