GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — One of the suspects in a brutal Pitt County triple homicide appeared in Pitt County court Tuesday where a judge ruled the District Attorney’s office will remain on his case.
Willie Whitehead, 27, is charged in the murder of three people at the Farmville Hustle Mart in April, 2012.
Today, Whitehead and his attorney filed a motion to recuse District Attorney Kimberly Robb and anyone from her prosecution from his case. This comes after Whitehead allegedly made threats to Robb and her family after his arrest.
The defense said they don’t believe the DA will try the case in a fair and reasonable manner, saying Robb could be “overwhelmed and consumed by passion,” in Whitehead’s case .
The defense stated they don’t want Whitehead to be tired for the alleged threat he made against Robb and her family, and that justice could only be maintained with another prosecutor.
The prosecution stated they’re not supposed to be a neutral party, but rather make sure justice is served and they must do so fairly.
Prosecutors stated in court that it’s not Robb’s fault if Whitehead isn’t the perfect human, and they have the right to point that out to the jury. They stated their plan remained unchanged on ho they would prosecute the case, before and after the threats.
The judge denied Whitehead’s request, leaving Robb and her office as the prosecutor on the case.
Whitehead is charged along with three others, Antwan Anthony, Xavier Shamble, and Raekwon Blount. They all face trial in 2015.
Anthony previously filed a pre-trial motion to have Robb removed from his case, which a judge also denied.