Trial reset for alleged home invasion case

By Terri Flagg -

The trial of Winston-Salem man accused of kidnapping and burglary scheduled to begin Tuesday was reset for Oct. 26.

With all parties involved prepared for the trial to start and a jury pool waiting in the wings, Presiding Superior Court Judge Richard Gottlieb explained that there wouldn’t be enough time to fairly complete the trial during the September term.

The court was closed Monday for the Labor Day holiday, and Gottlieb said he was unavailable Friday.

Habib Cooper Jah, 35, will be tried for charges of first degree burglary, kidnapping, second degree kidnapping and larceny of a firearm.

“Mr. Jah, I know you’re anxious to get this matter completed,” Gottlieb said. “I’m not willing for either side to rush their cases.”

Both Mike Beal, assistant district attorney, and Jah’s attorney Karen Adams declined to comment on the delay.

According to indictments from October 2014, Jah is accused of allegedly breaking into the home of Howard Bernard and Lou Jean Jackson, of State Road, while the couple was inside sleeping, restraining them, stealing a firearm and injuring Bernard Jackson in the process.

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By Terri Flagg

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