Greensboro man goes before judge in 22-year-old woman's murder

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WITN) - A Greensboro man who was arrested Friday on Eastern Carolina murder charges will remain in jail without bond.

James Moore made a brief first appearance Monday morning in Onslow County District Court.

Shelby Brown's decomposed body was found by teenagers off Thomas Humphrey Road outside of Jacksonville on December 31st. Deputies say she had been stabbed.

The 22-year-old woman was reported missing on January 3rd by her mother, while the body was positively identified about a week later.

Deputies say Moore has a lengthy criminal history including drug offenses and breaking and enterings.

Investigators say, Moore, who they described as being a transient, and Brown had a relationship. They say the two had met on social media.

The 41-year-old Moore is due back in court May 29 and has hired his own attorney.


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A Greensboro man has been charged with the murder of an Onslow County woman whose body was found New Year's Eve.

Sheriff Hans Miller says 41-year-old James Moore, of Greensboro, was arrested in Guilford County around 9:00 a.m.

Shelby Brown's decomposed body was found by teenagers off Thomas Humphrey Road outside of Jacksonville on December 31st. Deputies say she had been stabbed.

The 22-year-old woman was reported missing on January 3rd by her mother, while the body was positively identified about a week later.

Miller says Moore has a lengthy criminal history including drug offenses and breaking and enterings.

Investigators say, Moore, who they described as being a transient, and Brown had a relationship. They say the two had met on social media.

"Because of this type of crime -- it not outside the realm of thinking that there may be additional victims out there," said Major Chris Thomas. "If anyone recognizes this individual and has a report they'd like to file with us, we encourage them to call the Sheriff's office."

Thomas said they just got back lab reports on Wednesday in the case, met with the district attorney on Thursday and were able to make the arrest today.

Moore has been brought back from Greensboro and is in the Onslow County jail on the murder charge.