NEWTON, N.C. (AP) - The Florida man accused of killing a North Carolina state trooper more than two years ago won't get a new judge for his trial.
The Asheville Citizen-Times reported a Superior Court judge ruled Monday that Edwardo Wong of Ormond Beach, Fla., failed to prove that Superior Court Judge Nathaniel Poovey would be unable to rule impartially.
Wong asked for a new judge last week, saying Poovey violated Wong's right to the attorney-client relationship by giving legal advice in a private meeting with the judge and an outside attorney.
Wong is charged with first-degree murder in the 2008 shooting death of Trooper David Shawn Blanton Jr. during a traffic stop on Interstate 40 near Canton.
Twelve jurors have been selected and attorneys are selecting three alternates for the trial, which is being held in Newton.