Opening statements are expected this morning in the murder trial of Jason Clary. Clary is charged with the 2016 shooting death of 35 year old Travis Harold of Hiddenite. The shooting took place at Clary’s residence in Eastern Alexander County. Clary admits to the shooting but contends it was in self defense. Harold had arrived at Clary’s home armed with piece of pipe. A confrontation between the two men ensued in the driveway of Clary’s residence, a confrontation that was captured on video.It took two weeks to select a jury selection for the second trial for Clary. A mistrial was declared on September 12, 2018 when an Alexander County jury was deadlocked 8-4 in favor of Clary’s acquittal. Clary was released after the trial on the $1 million dollar bond he was under prior to the trial. On October 10th, 2018 Clary was returned to jail after testing positive for methamphetamine. A judge revoked his bond citing that random drug testing was part of Clary’s pre-trial release. On November 20th, Clary was allowed another bond hearing. The judge allowed bond but raised it to $1.5 million. On November 29th, Clary’s family posted another $500,000 and Clary has been free since.
Clary faces a charge of first degree murder and possession of a firearm by a felon. Taylorsville attorney Robert Campbell is serving as counsel for Clary.