Accused killer's ex-roommate testifies in double murder trial


BEAUFORT, Carteret County - The trial of a former Navy corpsman accused of killing a father and his son in Beaufort back in 2012 continued today in Carteret County Superior Court with the testimony of the accused killer's former roommate.

Jhaden Davis' former roommate Joseph Pirrotta told the jury Wednesday that he first lied about what he witnessed because he was afraid of what might happen to him. He told the jurors what he claimed he saw around the time of the murder.

"When I looked out of the car I could see him standing with his elbow out to the side and that's when I first thought he might have a gun," said Pirrotta, who claimed he was with Davis at the time of the murders.

Pirrotta, who is also a former Navy corpsman, was dishonorably discharged and also charged with two counts of murder. He took a plea deal in exchange for his testimony for a lesser sentence.

""I lied, took the hit I guess," Pirrotta said. "I never knew I would get charged with two counts of murder. In the end, I guess it hurt me more but it helped him."

Davis' attorneys questioned whether Pirrotta's story to the jury was actually the truth.

Davis is charged in the killing of 50-year-old Duane Correll and his 20-year-old son, Albert, at their home on June 2, 2012. If convicted, Davis faces the possibility of a life sentence with no chance of parole.

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