Two Of Three Suspects Make Plea In Murder Of Paraplegic Man

Two people charged with the 2010 murder of a paraplegic man have agreed to plea bargains offered by the state.

In a Beaufort County courtroom, Martel Weston pleaded guilty to second degree murder, armed robbery, first degree arson and first degree burglary in the beating death of Leonard Willson III of Bath.

Domonic Farrow pleaded guilty to accessory after the fact to 2nd degree murder, accessory after the fact to robbery with a dangerous weapon, and accessory after the fact to second burglary.

They are two of the three men charged in connection with the October 7th, 2010 beating death of Willson, who was confined to a wheelchair. Willson's body was found in his home on South Main Street.

The 53-year-old man had lived in Bath for some 15 years and was frequently seen on his recumbent handcycle around town.

Sentencing for the two men have been delayed, until after they testify against Arturo Lopez-Perez. Investigators say Willson was a mentor to the then-16-year-old Lopez-Perez, and that the two knew each other for about a year before the murder.


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  • by Faye Location: Belhaven on Mar 19, 2012 at 05:23 AM
    What happened to First Degree Murder?
  • by rusty Location: aurora on Mar 16, 2012 at 09:40 AM
    PITIFUL...well in a couple of years when the justices and DA's are "old" and retired and home/homebound, minding their own business, these same people will be free and walking around and looking for something to steal to keep from working; will they go to one of their homes and find a defenseless old person there? In other words, have they just let someone off that will one day come to "visit" them?
  • by Bath Resident on Mar 14, 2012 at 10:18 AM
    Beating a man who is confined to a wheelchair to death? Cowards and scumbags. And, does the kid who isn't taking a plea deal really think he's going to get a better deal by taking it to trial? You've all made your beds, now you must lay in them.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 09:53 AM
    If the murder victim had been a retired judge,what kind of deal would the thugs have recieved?
  • by One Love Location: Washington on Mar 13, 2012 at 07:52 PM
    I feel that all of them should be put to sleep and for Weston he is just like is mother trouble and love to lie he knew just what he went to that house for and than they took the stuff to his mother house to me they should put him to sleep first because he drove the car.
  • by gypsy's gmama Location: enc on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:56 PM
    This is a true insult to justice. I guess that is what we can expect from befriending thugs! Such a shame. People, while we still have the right to bear arms, we all need to. I am sure this victim may have wished he had right before he was attacked. Prayers with his family.
  • by henchman Location: downtown on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:16 PM
    well, theres no shortage of trees here ,i am pretty sure we can find a few
  • by p on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:05 PM
    Why not send all these thugs to Uganda to work for Kony?
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    It only makes sense if their testimony is used to sentence the third one to death...thats the only way this can be stomached.
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      by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 05:18 PM in reply to
      He's less than 18 years old. Which means by law he cannot be sentenced to death.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012 at 04:21 PM
    The public is angry about a miscarriage of justice but will the voters fire the judge and DA? Why?
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