Suspects in Greenville murder make 1st court appearance

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – Several suspects arrested in connection with a Tuesday evening homicide have made their first court appearance.

Charged in connection with the incident are 17-year-old Samantha Sullivan of Vanceboro, 18-year-old Jordan Murphy of Greenville, 20-year-old Dearenta Warren of Winterville, 36-year-old Jeneil Smallwood of Greenville, as well as 18-year-old Donald Bryant who turned himself in at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday. Their charges include murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy robbery with dangerous weapon.

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Bryant, Murphy, Smallwood, Sullivan, and Warren all appeared, individually, before a judge Thursday morning. They were issued court appointed lawyers and placed under $2 million dollar bonds.

Detectives said they were called to Vidant Medical Center Tuesday night around 7:30 after a man showed up with a gunshot wound to the chest.

The victim, 28-year-old Bakari Jones, was shot during a drug transaction in the 3200 block of Gordon Drive. He died overnight, but not before providing investigators with information about the incident.

“I think in this situation he never thought that he would find himself being injured like this and was very willing to provide us with information,” Greenville Interim Police Chief Ted Sauls said.

Detectives worked overnight identifying those believed to be responsible for Jones’ death and immediately took four of them into custody to be charged in connection with the case.

Chief Sauls said he gave his condolences to Jones’ family. “They were very thankful to know that we had made arrests,” he said. “That alone was easing to their minds.”

The investigation is still ongoing as detectives need to find the weapon used in Jones’ death and who pulled the trigger.

This is the city’s third homicide of the year.

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