Gibson’s case to advance to trial

Jul. 01, 2014 @ 06:27 PM

The 37-year-old charged with killing Montrell Alston will see his day in court.

Judge Paul Ridgeway declared Alan Gibson’s case exceptional in Vance County Superior Court on Tuesday.

This means his case will advance directly to trial stages and be taken out of the case management system — which is a three-stage process to prepare cases for trial or resolve them before trial.

Alan J. Gibson, of 1316 Lehman St., was charged with first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and first-degree burglary in connection with the shooting death of Alston, 28, of 687 Adams St.

He has been jailed in Vance County without bond since he was arrested March 5.

On Tuesday, his bond was set at $200,000.

In May, Ridgeway accepted the prosecution’s motion not to seek the death penalty.

Bill Griffin represents the state, and Theresa Pressley represents Gibson.

Alston was shot in his home at 1:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 9, 2009.

He was pronounced dead after Emergency Medical Services personnel arrived on scene.

Robert Smith, 53, of 687 Adams St., Henderson, was also shot.

He was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center, but Smith’s injuries were not life threatening.

At the time, officers said robbery may have been the motive for the incident but would not comment further.

Darius Benson, 27, of 858 Eastway Drive, and Jemel D. Bullock, 29, of 422 Old Epsom Road, were also arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with Alston’s death.

Bullock is scheduled to be in court July 2, and Benson is scheduled to appear July 22.

Travis Kingsberry, 31, of 159 Frank Sneed Road, Kittrell, is the fourth co-defendant involved in the case.

Officials said Kingsberry is in federal custody and hasn’t been served warrants in this case.

Contact the writer at smansur@hendersondispatch.com.