Anderson's family seeks redemption as trial continues


JACKSONVILLE, Onslow County - Tuesday was the second day in the trial of a Sneads Ferry man accused of killing a woman with his car two years ago. For the family of the victim, they are hopeful it's one step closer to a verdict and some closure.

Joseph Shelton, 54, is charged with second degree murder of Ronda Anderson, 53, in the July 22, 2015 hit-and-run incident. State troopers said Shelton struck Anderson with his vehicle, which he was driving on Old Folkstone Road near Winery Road near Sneads Ferry.

Anderson was checking her mailbox at the time she was hit.

Her family sat in the front row of the courtroom Tuesday as the trial for Shelton began. N.C. state troopers said Shelton's pick-up didn't have proper brakes and he was driving on a suspended license at the time.

"It has taken a long time to get to this point, so I think our nerves are a little anxious coming to these final days," said Marquita Harris, Anderson's niece.

Witness testimony Tuesday came from a woman who was allegedly driving behind Shelton at the time of the accident. She said she was the first person to get to Anderson before she died.

Anderson's family became emotional as the witness testified.

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