DA: Suspect acted in self defense in Craven Co. stabbing

Barrett Lanier

NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) — The Craven County District Attorney released a report Friday clearing a potential suspect in a stabbing in outside of James City last month. The potential suspect was not identified for his own safety.

The report says the victim, BJ Lanier, 36, was at the gas station to purchase alcohol when he instigated a fight in the parking lot. That is when Lanier was cut on the neck which later resulted in his death. The report says the previous suspect was not involved in the fight but was chased by those who were involved in the fight.

Investigators say no charges will be filed. They found the person of interest the day after the stabbing and clarified what happened in connection with eye witness accounts. The District Attorney’s Office says the suspect acted in self defense.

Full Report: District Attorney Report on Death of BJ Lanier


NEW BERN, N.C. (WNCT) – The funeral for a man stabbed to death in Craven County is set for Saturday.

The sheriff’s office says 36-year-old Barrett Jay or BJ Lanier was killed around 12:30 Wednesday morning.  It happened outside a McDonald’s and gas station on Highway 70 just outside of James City.

Lanier died on the way to the hospital.

One person 9 On Your Side spoke to says he saw it all begin last night.

“I see it all the time, but to come visit to come work down here,” explained Johnel Parker, witnessed fighting. “It’s another state, it’s sad.”

Lanier’s funeral will be at Cotten Funeral Home Chapel on Neuse Boulevard in New Bern. His obituary says Lanier is survived by family members including a son and daughter.

Deputies released photos of a person of interest in the incident, who they have since located and are questioning about the incident. His identity has yet to be released.

If you have any information on the incident, you’re asked to contact the Craven County Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is ongoing.

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