Third man arrested in killing of Ayden man; link to Pitt Co. shootings

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — A third man has been arrested in the April 10 shooting of an Ayden man.

Gregory Cogdell Jr. was arrested by members of the Kinston Police Department, U.S. Marshal Fugitive Task Force and the SBI Monday around 12:30 p.m. in Snow Hill.

Gregory Cogdell Jr.

 

Cogdell was placed in the Lenoir County Jail under no bond.

The other two men, one of whom has been linked to shootings in Pitt County, had previously been arrested.

Joshua Joseph, 19, and Acor Jones, 21, both of Grifton, were charged in the killing.

Joshua Joseph
Acor Jones

 

Officers found 30-year-old Omar Leander Langley inside a car last Monday with numerous bullet holes in the driver’s side door, as well as broken windows.  Langley was unconscious in the driver’s seat and pronounced dead a short time later.

The motive, law enforcement said, was gang-related.

Joseph was also arrested on warrants relating to a shooting at the Sheetz on Memorial Boulevard on Sunday, which may be linked to a shooting at the Night Train Lounge, according to law enforcement.

Law enforcement said their investigation dated back to March 26, when deputies with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office heard gunshots being fired toward the 13 South Club by Ballard’s Crossroads while responding to a request for crowd control. Detectives said they did not receive any cooperation from anyone at the club but later found Acor Jones at Vidant Medical Center with serious injuries from an assault stemming from an argument at the 13 South Club. Deputies said Jones refused to give detectives information.

On Sunday at 3:22 a.m., deputies with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said they responded to the Night Train Lounge in Bethel in response to a dispute, but the dispute was over, and they helped clear the lot.

About 15 minutes later, deputies said they helped Greenville police around clear a large crowd that had left the Night Train Lounge and was at the Sheetz on Memorial Drive, just off of Martin Luther King Jr. Highway.

Greenville police at the Sheetz were responding to a shots-fired call. Officers said they found a 29-year-old male, Thurenzo Speight shot in the leg. Officers said the victim’s injuries were not life threatening.

Deputies then responded to Vidant, where a separate person, Damien Lovett, 39,  reported being shot by an unknown person at the Night Train Bar. Lovett was shot once in the thigh and was in stable condition.

The Pitt County Sheriff’s Office went back to the Night Train Loung to collect evidence, and the Greenville police released this photo of the Sheetz shooting suspect.

After releasing the photo, Greenville police said they received information helping them identify the Sheetz shooting suspect as Joshua Joseph. He then became a person of interest in the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office investigation of the Night Train Club shooting.

Then on Monday, Omar Langley was found shot dead in a car in Kinston.

The Greenville Police Department, Pitt County Sheriff’s Office, Kinston Police Department and Pitt County District Attorney Kim Robb met to review evidence relating to the four shootings on Tuesday, leading to the arrest of Joseph on outstanding warrants related to the Sheetz shooting on Wednesday. Joseph was taken into custody without incident by officers of the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and Kinston police in Greenville.

Joseph’s arrest, law enforcement said, lead to the arrest of Jones in connection to the shooting of Langley as well. Jones was arrested without incident by probation officers at the Pitt County Courthouse.

Joseph was charged with one count of murder, two counts of robbery with dangerous weapon, one count of parole violation and one count of assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He is being held in lieu of $500,000 bail.

Jones was charged with one count of murder, two counts of felony probation violation, one count of probation violation-larceny and one count of probation violation-attempt to discharge weapon into occupied dwelling. He is being held in lieu of $550,000 bail.

Additional charges are expected, law enforcement said.

The charges against Joseph and Jones were announced at joint news conference with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office and Greenville and Kinston police departments.

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