Kinston man dies in Wayne Co. club fight; two charged with murder

SEVEN SPRINGS, N.C. (WNCT) – The two men accused of killing a Kinston man Saturday night after a fight outside a Wayne County nightclub will make their first appearance in court Monday.

Deputies with the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched around 11 p.m. to Maynard’s Night Club in Seven Springs in reference to a disturbance. Shortly thereafter, another 911 call was received by Wayne Communications reporting that there was an unresponsive person at the scene and that CPR was being performed on him by other patrons of the club.

When law enforcement arrived, they found that five people had started fighting with an individual that was inside the club in the upstairs section. The security personnel of the club started escorting these people outside. Three of the people cooperated, but two of them started fighting with the security personnel. Once outside, one of the security personnel, 49-year-old Michael Ray Brinkley of Kinston was taken to the ground and assaulted by two of the people who then fled they scene.

It was immediately thereafter that other people at the club noticed that Brinkley was lying on the ground unresponsive. They checked him, called EMS, and started CPR on Brinkely. Deputies and EMS personnel arrived at the scene with EMS resuming treatment Brinkley, but he was pronounced dead at approximately 11:45 p.m.

There were several witnesses to the altercations and some of them were able to identify the suspects, who were located at 2081 Old Grantham Road and detained. 32-year-old Jerry Wayne Anthony Chandler and 27-year-old Dustin Steve Kirk were each charged with one count of Murder and placed in the Wayne County Detention Center under no bond.

The Brinkley family said they couldn’t speak on camera about the incident, but were confident in their faith that Michael was in a better place. He had two daughters, one of which was just accepted into college.

Many in the community have reached out to offer their condolences. They said Brinkley had a positive impact on the community.


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