Gary Trull Removed From DR

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Gary Trull dies on N.C. death row

RALEIGH -- Gary Allen Trull, convicted in the 1993 rape and murder of Vanessa Dawn Dixon, has died on death row in Central Prison.

The news was forwarded by prison officials to the Randolph County District Attorney's office. No details were offered, according to Ray Warburton, assistant district attorney.

Current District Attorney Andy Gregson prosecuted the case along with then-District Attorney Garland Yates in November 1996. Gregson called it a "horrific case," involving a man who was a repeat offender having been convicted previously of a "brutal rape," before being paroled.

Gregson called the rape and murder of Dixon, a 21-year-old systems analyst at Randolph Hospital, "absolutely brutal, a pitiless crime. It was everyone's worst nightmare." He said there was no relationship between the two Cedar Falls apartment neighbors and described Trull as "predatory."

Dixon's body was discovered in a wooded area off Hardin-Ellison Road in the Grays Chapel community, about seven miles from the apartment building on Rambling Road. Her throat had been slashed. Trull, 44 at the time, was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

Gregson said it was the first time in Randolph County that DNA evidence was used to solve a murder case. The evidence showed that Trull raped Dixon. Circumstantial evidence was solid, he said, but the DNA was the "deciding factor."

"There was no reason to take 21 years" for Trull's death, Gregson said. "It's not fair to the victims. I'm so sorry the victim's family had to wait this long."

The last execution in North Carolina was carried out on Aug. 18, 2006. Seven other inmates from Randolph County are among the nearly 150 now on death row.

www.courier-tribune.com

I hope it was slow and painful.
Vengence is mine saith the Lord...who are we to question the instruments used to carry it out?

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