Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Doctor to Stand Trial Today Drury Case Expected to Continue All Week

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Glynn Doctor to Stand Trial Today Drury Case Expected to Continue All Week

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Byline: Teresa Stepzinski, Times-Union staff writer

BRUNSWICK -- A Glynn County physician is scheduled to stand trial beginning today on federal charges alleging that he tried to hire a hit man to kill his estranged wife last year.

Carl M. Drury Jr., 62, of Brunswick is charged with four counts of using a telephone to arrange a murder-for-hire and one count of possession of a firearm in the furtherance of a crime of violence.

Mary Drury wasn't harmed, nor was any attempt made on her life. Her second divorce from Drury became final after his arrest in the plot.

Drury has pleaded not guilty in the case. He has been jailed since his arrest Aug. 24 moments after he spoke by cellular telephone with an undercover agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.

Chief U.S. District Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. will preside over the trial that is expected to continue through the end of the week.

If convicted, Drury faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the charges of using a telephone in the murder plot. The firearm charge is punishable by a five-year prison term that must be served consecutively to any other sentence, according to federal law.

ATF Special Agent Louis J. Valoze has testified in several previous hearings that his telephone conversations with Drury resulted from Drury asking ATF firearms instructor Stephen B. Whatley for help killing Mary Drury. During those calls, Drury negotiated a price for a contract killing. Then in a face-to-face meeting, Drury provided a handgun and made a $250 down payment for the slaying, Valoze has testified.

Whatley, who used to live at Drury's home, gave an almost identical account while testifying during a bond hearing for Drury. Whatley testified that he warned Drury that he would be an immediate suspect if Mary Drury was harmed.

Drury responded that he'd already gotten away with one, Whatley also testified. Whatley's testimony didn't explain if Drury had been referring to any death in particular.

The death of Drury's first wife, Margaret "Peggy" Adams Drury, remains unexplained. She was found dead May 2, 1989, in a bathtub inside her locked home. …

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